Locating an Internet Provider

There is a misconception among consumers today, when locating an internet provider, that they are only a couple choices. Unless the customer is living somewhere in the sticks, this is simply not true. In most cities and towns there will be several providers, especially when cell phone companies are taken into account. When a potential customer starts the process of internet provider comparison, it is not much different from shopping for most consumer items. The basic thing to remember is to find one that gives more bang for the buck. 

Internet provider deals will depend on one main thing and that is the type of service they offer. The first is called DSL service. It is when the phone line is used to provide internet connection. The two types are ADSL and SDSL. ADSL is usually the cheaper of the two but has slower upload speeds. Modern DSL services are capable of up to 100 Mbps in download speeds. 

Cable broadband service is the second type of service available. This service is given by the same people who give cable television service. The medium used will also be the cable. Once the connection is given to the house, the customer can connect using Wi-Fi or ethernet cables. Download speeds are similar to DSL service.

The latest entrant in the internet service game is fiber optic service. However, this type of service is still considered exotic and is available only in a few cities, provided by only two or three companies. But if it is available, then consumers can expect exceptional download and upload speeds that measure in the Gigabit range. If none of these options work, then there is always the option of using wireless internet, but cellphone companies usually have usage limits attached to them.