TO CHOOSE A BROADBAND
An Essential, Readable Guide and Checklist
For Choosing Cable or DSL Service
Copyright 2006 by Tracy Marks
Have you been struggling
with a dialup connection
home computer and are tired of slow web browsing, frequent
not being able to receive calls on your residential phone when on the
high speed Internet, you do not need to tie up your phone, your
is always available, and Web pages will load at least 20 times as fast as they did with your dialup
may be time for you to explore the high speed internet connections
to you and research the broadband suppliers in your area.
the many sites such as Broadbandinfo.com, DSL Broker
or BuyTelco which
will indicate the providers available to you.
Some of the most popular and favorably reviewed companies include: Verizon,
Sprint, and Adelphia/Time-Warner.
is often regarded as the best "free" high speed internet service
provider. Customer satisfaction with each company of course
however varies in different
Ask people you know who use
dsl services or cable modem services they
how happy they are with their broadband internet services. Find out
of connection they have, and at what speed. How much do they pay? How
is the connection? How responsive is the technical support staff when
primary choices for high speed Internet access are
likely to be dsl, cable or satellite. If you live in a remote area, you
be able to get either cable or dsl services, and may instead have to
satellite access. This article however will address the cable and dsl
available to people in or near urban areas.
you have a choice of several broadband suppliers, you
will want to check out the website of competing companies, and contact
you have questions about services, equipment requirements and pricing.
have an old computer, you want to make sure that it is capable of
speed internet access.
When assessing and comparing broadband prices, be
to consider any additional costs you might have to pay for installation
equipment, in addition to your monthly service. Be prepared also to pay
additional charges (mostly taxes) beyond the amounts quoted to you. The cheapest
broadband suppliers are not necessarily the ones whose prices initially
appear to be the lowest.
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Articles by Tracy Marks
available as of 10/28/2006.