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How to Choose the Right Internet Provider

Have you ever faced a dilemma about which Internet Service Provider (ISP) to choose? Or found yourself dissatisfied with your current ISP, but unable to figure out the right alternative? If you have, you’re not alone.

Depending on where you live, you may have to choose between two or three different providers operating in your area. These are some of the important factors when you are choosing an internet service provider (ISP) for your business or home.

Compare plans, pricing, speeds, and more.

You’ll want an internet plan that gives you adequate speeds, dependable service, and a large enough data limit for the month—all at a price you can afford.All internet providers have their own specialties, and it helps to pick one that coincides with what you need the most. Here are the biggest issues to consider:

  • Plans and pricing
  • Speeds
  • Installation and equipment costs
  • Customer satisfaction ratings
  • Data caps and overage fees

Look for discounts, and bundle deals.

Once you’ve shopped around to see what each of the providers in your area can offer, then you should take a look at any potential discounts or promotions you can get by signing up. You also should look into deals you can get on bundle packages if you’re interested in combining your internet service with a TV or phone plan.

Speed

Now it’s time to figure out how much speed you need. You’ll need an internet plan with adequate download and upload speeds to accomplish all of your everyday Wi-Fi tasks with ease. The number you are looking at when comparing plans is called the “Bandwidth”. Bandwidth is simply the volume of information per unit of time that the transmission medium can sustain. Now that you know what internet speed you need, use speed test tools to see how it matches up with your current connection. You probably already have an idea of how satisfied you are with your current internet. But testing the connection to see what your actual speed is will give you a benchmark to compare against other providers and packages.

There are several questions you should ask yourself when evaluating your speed needs:

How often do you stream movies and TV?

Streaming video in 1080p needs at least 5 Mbps for good performance, while 4K will require download speeds of at least 25 Mbps—if not faster.

How many people stream and download on their devices in your home on a regular basis?

You’ll want faster speeds if multiple people use your Wi-Fi. A good rule of thumb is to aim for 25 Mbps per person—so if you’re living in a household with three other people, then 100 Mbps will be ideal for you to stream, game, work, and attend Zoom meetings with ease.

How fast should your upload speeds be?

You’ll want relatively fast upload speeds if you work or study from home and depend on a good internet connection to do things like attending Zoom meetings or uploading files to Google Drive.

Most internet connections have relatively slow upload speeds, but fiber internet gives you “symmetrical” speeds—meaning your uploads will be just as fast as your downloads. Not everyone will need symmetrical upload speeds, but it really comes in handy for upload-heavy tasks.

Post-sales service

There will be times when the internet goes down — maybe there’s an issue with the router or the modem or the connection itself. You want a post-sales service that will resolve issues in real-time, making the customer experience their first priority. Once again, talk to people who live in your area and check out local reviews to see which ISP fits the bill.

The internet has become the lifeblood of our economy, and in fact, our lives. Given what a central role it plays in our lives, even a small disruption can become problematic. That’s why it’s important to understand which ISP meets your needs the best and choose accordingly.

Conclusion

The internet has become the lifeblood of our economy, and in fact, our lives. The ISP choice is probably the most important decision related to the connectivity of your home or business. Hopefully, this article will shed some light on the various factors that should play a role in the decision. Once you know how much speed you need and which providers offer service in your area, you can make an informed decision that you’ll be happy with.

You’ve done your research, and we’ve got your back every step of the way. Go ahead, enjoy your new internet.

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