It seems like everyone has the Internet these days, and why not? The Internet has proven to be a fantastic tool that can provide a constant stream of useful information for anyone. There are many companies that offer Internet service these days. They are known as Internet service providers, or ISPs for short. In this article, we'll discuss how to select the ISP that's right for you.
An Internet service provider (ISP) is any company that sells access to the Internet. Internet service providers don't manufacture products. Instead, they sell the right to access the Internet. In many ways, they are similar to cable companies (they don't sell TVs but they sell the content that goes on TVs).
Most ISPs offer the choice between low and high speed Internet service. Low speed Internet is usually called dial-up and high speed Internet is called cable Internet or DSL (the two are different, but, for the purposes of this article, we will consider them to be roughly the same thing).
Some of the biggest names in the Internet service industry include Comcast, AT&T and Verizon. Before you select an ISP, do some research. Find out what ISPs operate in your area. Find out what speeds they offer and if there are any restrictions (for example, some ISPs set a limit on how much you can download each month). If you can, read some reviews online. Most importantly, take the time to compare prices before you make a decision. You don't always have to select a cheap Internet service provider (as the cheapest ones are sometimes not the most reliable), but there are some good deals out there. There's no sense paying more than you have to!
Some people don't want to pay for Internet service. Perhaps they can't afford it, or maybe they just don't use the Internet enough to justify the monthly cost. Luckily, there are a few options for free Internet service. Many public libraries offer free Internet. Likewise, it's becoming common for coffee shops to allow customers to connect to the Internet at no cost. If you only use the Internet to check your email once or twice a week, this may be the best option for you.