What Internet Service Should You Choose?

August 16, 2007

Here are all of the options for connecting to the internet along with our recommendations.

  • Dial-up
    Not recommended except for basic e-mail.
    Very slow. Can’t be shared.
    Recommended Provider: EarthLink
  • Satellite
    Use only if one of the options below is not available.
    Unreliable and expensive.
    Recommended provider: HughesNet
  • DSL/UVerse
    UVerse is a faster version of DSL. Avoid basic DSL. Get UVerse when cable is not available.
    Compared to cable, not as easy to set up, not as reliable and not as fast. Same price.
    Recommended provider: AT&T
  • Mobile Broadband (hotspot)
    Recommended for mobile users. Recommended for home users where cable or UVerse not available. Recommended over dial-up, DSL, and satellite.
    Which provider you go with varies by area. Choose one that has good coverage in your area. it’s a good idea to stick with the same company you use for your cell phone. They generally have limited plans and unlimited plans. Pick the right one for your level of usage.
  • Cable
    Recommended for homes and small businesses.
    Fast, reliable, and reasonably priced.
    You don’t have a choice when it comes to cable. Use which ever one serves your area.
    Austin and many of the surrounding communities are mostly covered by Spectrum. However, some areas are covered by other providers like Suddenlink or Grande.
  • Fiber
    Recommended for homes and businesses.
    Fast, reliable, and reasonably priced. Very limited availability at this time.
    Most common providers: Verizon Fios, AT&T Fiber, Google Fiber, Grande Fiber, and SuddenLink Fiber.
  • T1/T3
    Cable and fibre internet connections are as fast or faster than T1 lines these days. T1 lines are more reliable, however. The only real option for medium to large businesses is T3 or multiple T1 lines. 

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