A Variety of Internet Providers

Anyone who accesses the internet has to have someone to provide them with software to access websites. This is done through internet service providers, also known as ISPs. There are many ISP’s that offer you deals on packages such as dial-up connection, which is a meager Bps rate to one of the highest of 3.0 Bps. There are also a variety of companies that offer their own software and provide you with internet service. Choosing the right one may be a little tricky, depending on your location and access to services.

The slowest internet providers in the country are the dial-up providers. This is because the telephone lines that your connection comes through can only handle a certain speed through the line. These types of internets providers interrupt your telephone service while you are online, and many times if you have a caller id, you are bumped off of the internet if a call comes in. They are not a reliable connection because of the slow download and upload speeds they carry but are excellent and inexpensive for the occasional internet user.

Some wireless cell phone companies offer two ways of accessing the internet. The wireless providers allow you to use your cell phone as a modem for your computer, while others sell you an internet card that attaches to the USB connection on your computer. This card can be used for laptops or desktop computers and allows you to access the internet anywhere. These cards are somewhat expensive but well worth the money if you are a business traveler and use a laptop while on trips. You must also pay for the time used through the wireless cell phone companies, and this cost can really add up for people who use the internet a lot.

Cable companies also provide internet service to their customers. They offer their own free software as well as high-speed connections. The internet is accessed through your cable line. This line is then connected to a modem which connects to your computer through an Ethernet cable. The only problem with this service is when the cable goes out, so does your internet. Cable companies are not reliable ISP’s when it comes to your connection. You are often bumped off of the internet by static in the cable line or updating the cable service that comes with the cable service.

Rural areas of the country often rely on satellite companies for their internet service. Too often, DSL and cable service are unavailable in remote rural areas – cable and phone companies don’t want to incur the cost of providing service to areas with so few customers. But with satellite internet, any location with a clear view of the southern sky can have high-speed internet service. Satellite Internet is not for everyone. It is generally more expensive than DSL or cable internet, not as fast, and unreliable. Because of the vast distances between your home, the satellite, and the satellite provider’s Internet Provisioning Center, a satellite connection introduces delay – also called latency. Latency does not affect most internet activity. Folks browsing web pages, sending email, even listening to music or short videos will likely not experience latency. But gamers will be unhappy. Internet games, at least if you want to compete, require a fast response to events. Satellite Internet just cannot support the quick response times as are necessary for many internet games. Companies that provide satellite internet now are pretty candid, telling people about the gaming problem before they sign-up and become unhappy customers.

Despite the setbacks, Satellite Internet is widely popular in rural America. Families can setup wireless networks in their homes, and there is enough internet capacity to allow kids and parents to use the internet at the same time. An impossibility with dial-up. And, when your internet comes via satellite, your home phone line is not needed. You can rest assured, knowing that important calls can still get through. Or you can get rid of your home phone line and use your cell phone alone. Put that money in your pocket.

Tyson Houlding
Tyson Houlding is a 28-year-old associate at a law firm who enjoys walking, writing, and learning new languages. He is creative and bright, but can also be very unfriendly and a bit lazy.He is an Australian Christian who defines himself as straight. He has a post-graduate degree in law.