High speed internet, the layman’s term for broadband, in recent years has become the talk of the town. It has signaled the end to long-lasting dial tones, tied-up phone lines and overloaded internet connections to millions of Americans. Supplying more than double the bitrate of dial-up internet and possessing low rates of service interruptions, more and more internet users find themselves choosing this internet option.
For those who have yet to have gotten in on the action, the switch to a new and perhaps slightly more expensive technology can be intimidating, even off-putting. The saying of, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” resounds with many consumers simply uninterested in making further investments in their internet connectivity. Many find themselves wondering why update their connection if they barely use the internet anyway, or why worry about blocked phone lines when they have a cell phone. High speed internet, however, has many benefits – benefits that consumers won’t want to be without.
First, high speed internet saves time. Even if one uses the internet only for checking your e-mail or for reading the news, high speed internet saves time spent twiddling thumbs waiting for a page to load. Some internet users may be simply unaware of their own tendencies to avoid web pages that take a long time to load or that tend to freeze the entire computer system. High speed internet eliminates this concern.
Second, high speed internet could save money. Instead of renting a film or heading to the movie theatre, check out what’s available online. Lots of websites such as Hulu provide free and legal movies and television shows to internet users across America. The catch – these programs can take a while to load, and with dial-up internet, an eternity. With incoming 4G technology, internet video will be better and faster than ever, and computer entertainment may equal or surpass that of the television.
Third, high speed internet allows mobility. Wireless internet is better and faster than ever. Wireless broadband today is available for phones and computers alike and guarantees a level of mobile connectivity before unseen. This can mean many things – sitting in bed while reading and writing e-mails, various household members connecting to the internet at once, going online at a bookstore or coffee shop or checking e-mails while on the subway. The speed and convenience of wireless broadband is only getting better.
High speed internet is not the end-all-be-all of telecommunications technology, but it sure does make life easier. Before digging in your heels and clinging steadfast to your old dial-up ways, take some time out to consider the pros and cons of making a change and talk to your local internet service provider to find out what it may have in store for you.