Comparing Internet providers?
Here’s your guide to the perfect fit.
Internet providers aren’t one-size-fits-all. To get started, consider these factors:
Answers to these questions can determine the type of Internet service you need – and which provider fits best.
Most cities have several Internet options. Among them you will see Internet companies that connect on different types of networks:
Each option carries advantages and disadvantages. Broadband heft, consistency, network strength, and speed of your Internet access determine which means of delivery will be most useful for you.
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Learning these terms can help you as you start your search for ISPs.
It’s always on – This high-speed Internet service includes cable, DSL, and fiber optics
It’s wired – Copper-wired broadband Internet delivered on a network built for television
It’s on the line – Delivered on a public-switched telephone network with conventional lines
It’s Digital Subscriber Line – DSL delivers Internet service on existing two-wire copper telephone lines
It’s fast as light – Transmits digital signal through pulses of light on optical fiber line
Internet from outer space – Signals bounce between a dish at home and satellites in space and at provider’s office
Internet companies vary from city to city.
Enter your zip code below to explore Internet options where you live.
It’s not as simple as picking the best price and the fastest speed
Ask yourself these questions before you buy:
Some Internet providers require you to sign a contract.
Is there 24/7 tech support available, if you need it?
The price you initially pay might be introductory, and will rise when that period ends.
Discover which providers have the best reputation for reliability. Also, research conditions in which certain Internet platforms suffer (such as inclement weather or high-traffic hours).
Download refers to what you take from the Internet, such as movies and music. Upload refers to what you post to the Internet, such as videos and photos.
Common add-ons include wireless routers, Wi-Fi network access and anti-virus protection.
Internet access isn’t the only service providers offer
Internet providers often include incentives, such as:
Check the fine print.
Yes. Check out our compare page to see how various internet service providers stack up. Be sure to consider the factors that are most important to you, such as customer care, terms of service and bundling options.