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Internet service providers.
Choosing the best internet service provider.
Now that you got a new computer, the latest smart TV, and a new media streaming device for streaming video and music from online services, you’re ready to enjoy all the content you want, right? Well, no. There’s one step left. You need to sign on with an internet service provider (ISP), which in a nutshell, is the company that provides you with the access to the internet that lets you optimize your electronics.
But before you try to determine the best internet provider for you, it would probably be a good idea to familiarize yourself with the different high-speed internet options available. There’s cable, DSL, fiber, satellite and cellular internet service. Each type of home internet has its strengths and weaknesses. Cable providers use the same lines as cable TV, and sometimes savings can be obtained through bundling the two services, but since you’re sharing the line with other users, speeds can be slow during peak usage times. DSL (digital subscriber line) operates over regular phone lines, doesn’t share between users and generally offers consistent, stable speeds that are typically slower than other options. Fiber internet service is transmitted over fiber optic lines using light, and is the current speed champion, but tends to have a more problematic availability and can be expensive to install. Wireless internet service rivals the speeds provided by cable and DSL but comes with monthly data limits. And satellite beamed to a dish is usually characterized by peak hour limits and relatively slow speeds, but is often the only game in town, especially in rural areas.