With so many Internet options to choose from, including various price ranges for High-Speed Internet depending on speed and service, let’s break down the different types of Broadband solutions.
DSL (Digital subscriber line):
DSL is a technology that offers transmission over the wires of a local telephone network. DSL can be used on the same line as your phone service. DSL speeds can range from 128 Kbps to 3 Mbps and are slower than cable broadband access. With over 30 million nationwide subscribers, DSL is only second to cable in Internet service reach.
Naked DSL is a type of Internet where a phone line is not needed. The only provider to offer this service is AT&T, although Verizon does provide Naked DSL is some areas of the country. Verizon has invested heavily throughout the United Sates in FIOS (fiber optic service).
Cable Internet is a service provided by your local cable television company. Providers will normally offer packages that include phone, Internet and TV to make it easy for the consumer to bundle packages that offer a discount rate. Cable internet access is also faster than a DSL connection and more reliable. Comcast based in Chicago is the largest cable service provider in the United States.
Satellite Internet access is usually your last option if your in need of a high-speed connection. Usually customers will order satellite if they live in a remote area or don’t have access to DSL or cable broadband services. Another reason for less reliability is that sudden inclement weather may drop your internet connection for an extended period of time until weather clears up.
The best way to find the best Internet provider for your needs at a good price is to shop around. DSL, Satellite and Cable Internet Service providers are competing for your business, so let them earn it!