What to Look for When Deciding if Broadband is Right for You

By: Victordemazzier
Many people think price is the major deciding factor when determining whether or not a broadband connection would be an ideal match for their Internet surfing needs. This could not be further from the truth.

First, when making your choice about broadband ISPs, you have to find which service providers operate in your area. Some areas have far more companies to choose from, such as major metropolitan areas. Some areas are so remote or have so few providers that, if you insist on having cable for your choice of broadband, you'll have to go with whatever the one company offers you, and you may have to get a DSL connection if you live rustically enough.

Once you have passed the availability test, the next comes from a careful evaluation of the many programs to select from. The simple starting point here is to decide if you are looking for a connection for you and your family to use or if you want service for a business. As an example, companies like Verzion and Verzon also offer to their customers, telephone and cable television services. In addition, some packages allow you to save when you order all three services. Companies like Verzion have plans for basic internet service also.

As you might imagine, with the different service options also comes different payment options as well. This is very convenient for people whose salary doesn't fall on the first or fifteenth of the month. Like most companies, if you pay for the year up front, you'll receive a discounted rate than if you paid on a monthly basis. The challenge for the consumer with the year's payment upfront is that fact that not only is your money tied up for a year which means less spendable cash today, you are also locked into using your service provider for at least one year. In fact, if you try to leave, you may end up paying a significant penalty.

When making your choice about broadband vs. dial-up, there's really no comparison. Broadband is vastly faster and more reliable, and nowadays there are many things on the Internet that ONLY broadband service can get downloaded to or viewed on your PC. When it comes to using the Internet, once you've gone broadband you'll never go back.

But keep in mind that you have to have a fairly modern computer (nothing older than about three years) and an operating system no older than Windows 98 or OS X or 10.3 or higher to be able to get broadband service at all; and you will have to be able to afford a higher monthly payment than you need with dial-up.
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