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Your Guide to Residential Internet Service Providers

Am I getting my money’s worth with my internet service provider? Am I being charged excessively by my internet service provider Is a faster speed necessary? Is there a better deal for me? Find the answers to your questions in the article.

People can get several different options of internet service in their homes. Internet service providers also differ depending on the area.

It would be helpful to define some terms first starting with “broadband.” It is a catch-all term that refers to anything faster than a dial-up connection which has fallen into disuse because of its extremely slow data speed.

Another term we need to know is “Mbps.” It stands for Megabits per second which is the accepted way to compare speeds between internet services. For routine home web-surfing tasks, 2 Mbps will fill the bill. If you watch a copious amount of intenet video, you may want to upgrade to something faster.

A 5 Mbps connection will suit personal use in most homes. But if several people are going to watch different streaming internet videos at the same time, you may want to upgrade.

So, what type of internet service should you get?

DSL is an acronym for digital subscriber line. It is routed to your house by means of an existing telephone line. Generally, DSL is the cheapest residential internet service you can get. Many internet service providers offer DSL connection at speeds up to 25 Mbps or 100 Mbps for newer phone services. The drawback of DSL is that it relies on distance. If your location is far from the service provider, your service will be slower as a general rule.

Cable internet gets to your home through your cable service. Cable internet service providers claim speeds faster than that of DSL, frequently ranging above 100 Mbps. Its biggest drawback is that you are sharing your cable service with the people in your vicinity so it will slow down during peak hours which rarely happen with DSL.

Satellite internet is beamed to your home via a satellite service. In contrast to other types, its speed is slow repeatedly registering below 20 Mbps. Satellite internet oftentimes has short hiccups in the service which are normally not noticeable. If your residence is in a highly rural area, satellite is probably your only recourse for broadband service.

Fiber-optic internet is already available in some territories and expanding rapidly. Fiber-optic service generally functions like a DSL service but with speeds up to 500 Mbps which can get higher as technology advances.

To summarize, you will want to look first for fiber-optic or DSL service in your area for home internet use. If they are unavailable, look for cable internet service and, if still unavailable, look for satellite service. Hopefully, your location will offer you the perfect choice.