Choosing an Internet Service Provider

Finding the best Internet service provider can be a difficult decision. It can be hard to find the one at a price point you can afford with the speed you desire. The best way to decide is to compare them yourself based on your personal needs. When you do so, pay particular attention to the following:

  • Speeds for downloading and uploading: we all desire to have fast Internet at a price we are willing to pay. When you compare companies, though, make sure you compare their download and upload speeds. My friends who are wedding photographers have to have very high speed for uploading photos. There are sites available online to help you find the actual ISP of the different providers so you can get one that is fast enough for everything you want to do.
  • Contract and cost: some services will provide you with a modem, while others will make you buy it yourself or pay to rent it. Some companies will charge you for installation while others provide it for free. Most Internet service companies will discount your cost if you add phone service or television to your package, but this is generally for just a few months so make sure you consider how much it will cost you once the bundle deal expires. You also need to determine if they require you to sign a multiyear contract. These are all factors to consider when using the price to compare services.
  • Consider their terms: you will want to know what the limitations on their service are. For example, the company may have data caps that limit how much data you are allotted monthly. There could potentially be restrictions on the types of activities you can do as well, such as running a Web server.
  • Special features and add-ons: most Internet companies will make you think you’re getting a great value by throwing in some extras. Most of these extras and things you don’t need, such as a personal web page or antivirus program. One add-on you may want to consider is free access to Wi-Fi hotspots if you use your laptop as you travel.
  • Reliability: if your ISP is not reliable, the features will not matter. Make sure you read online reviews from many sources to determine which Internet service provider you should use.
  • Customer support: how easy is it for you to get support when there are problems with your Internet? Does the ISP offer customer support through chat, email, or phone? Check the customer satisfaction ratings online to determine if the company has good customer support.

As you can see, there are many things to consider as you are deciding which ISP to go with. Do your research and make an informed decision.