Vote It Up When Selecting an Internet Service Provider

With the aggressive advertisements carried out by Internet Service Providers (ISPs), it’s easy to get confused and end up selecting an ISP that doesn’t actually meet your needs. Even when you take the time to do a thorough comparison of the ISPs, you may have a hard time sorting through the complex combo packages they offer. To cut through the confusion and end up with the right ISP for you, ask yourself some key questions.

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  1. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What speeds should I expect?

    Generally the lower the price, the lower the speeds. The internet access speed should meet your needs, so it’s best to start by determining exactly what your needs are.

    Internet Service Providers package and sell their services in Megabits per second. If you just browse the web, a 0.5 Mbps internet speed may serve you well. However, if you stream content online, or several people will be using the same internet bandwidth, you will need to get a higher speed like 10 Mbps or more depending on the number of people it will serve and their usage.

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  2. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Can I revert to DSL service if the ISP offers Fiber service?

    Some Internet Service Providers offer fiber service. If you come across such Internet Service Providers, ask about how they will integrate with your DSL. DSL has copper wires that are used to carry phone calls. Due to the massive fiber bandwidth, it can carry phone calls and all other services such as the internet, data, and television. Therefore, the ISP may have to remove the copper wires depending on their configuration. Based on how they integrate the two technologies will determine if you can revert to DSL or not.

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  3. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    Is there any information I need to know to set up with an ISP?

    There are some Internet Service Provider that do not provide setting up services such as cable installation, router configuration, and software installation. These should be a factor to consider especially if you are not tech savvy. Do they provide support over the phone or have instructions on their website? Some also have their own equipment or require that you use a certain manufacturer’s equipment. Ask these questions to avoid any unnecessary inconveniences and costs. If they offer all full installation, you do not to worry about anything.

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  4. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What security features are provided?

    Security is a very critical aspect that you need to consider. Hackers may want to invade your privacy or steal information from you. Internet Service Providers know this and should be able to advise you on security solutions. If they do not include it in the bundle they are providing you, ask if they provide services such as anti-virus, anti-spam, and anti-spyware software. Also, weigh the cost of buying directly from the software company.

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  5. VoteItUp on March 15, 2016 at 6:35 pm

    What other fees may I encounter?

    Other charges may not be outlined and you may experience them in future. For instance, you may decide to change the first plan or contract to which you are subscribed. You should ask about any associated cost that comes with changing a plan. Also, if you buy the Internet Service Provider’s equipment and pay the installation cost, will they still charge you the same cost or a subsidized one when you move to a new neighborhood and need them to set up your internet? Are there any costs for early termination and if there is, how are they determined and calculated?

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