Internet Service Providers

Introduction:There are many internet service providers but the Top 5 internet service providers are known for both connection speed and customer service. Depending on the area in which you live, some of the below ISPs may not be available.

  • 01

    Verizon Fios

    Although not available in a lot of areas, Verizon Fios leads the pack in customer satisfaction as an internet service provider. For the basic package of $55/month, Verizon fios provides downloading speeds of about 15 mbps - about 3 times faster than other internet service providers. Verizon fios also offers 24/7 customer service, wi-fi access, and up to 9 separate email account. Check on the Verizon Fios website to get deals when you bundle telephone, internet, and cable.

  • 02

    Earthlink Cable

    Earthlink is rated as a top broadband ISP and is available about anywhere that Comcast is providing internet service. Earthlink allows for up to 8 separate email mailboxes and, although slower than Verizon Fio at a download speed of around 7 mbps, Earthlink is slightly cheaper than Verizon at a starting cost of around $45/month in most areas but does have a few cheaper and more expensive plans. Also, Earthlink allows its internet users 20 hours of free dial-up (ugh) access per month if you're traveling (well, it's better than nothing).

  • 03

    At&T Dsl

    AT&T provides a slower internet experience but it's also cheaper. If you don't need the blazing download speeds of Verizon Fios (AT&T downloads at just 767 kbps for its cheapest rate), AT&T might be for you. At a starting cost of just around $30/month, AT&T internet service provider allows you 11 email mailboxes. Depending on the plan you choose, you can get free perks of security software and a free modem. And, for a higher monthly fee, AT&T can be quite zippy like the other isp listed here.

  • 04

    Comcast

    Depending on where you live, Comcast may or may not be one of the best internet service providers (for me Comcast is). Offering different speeds, Comcast tends to be more expensive than Verizon but I always manage to bargain the bill down. See the resource section below for an article about how to get cheaper Comcast (probably will work with other isp too).

  • 05

    Cox Cable

    Cox Cable has mixed reviews as an internet service provider. First off, Cox Cable has a very limited service area and, speaking of service, their technical support ranks below par. A Cox Cable ISP runs around $50 per month and comes in at around 10 mbps in speed which is not bad. You also get just seven email accounts but, really, do you need more?




Final Thoughts

Whichever ISP you choose, there will be issues here and there. Check with your friends in the area and compare their internet provider services. Ask how frequent outages occur, how their experience with technical support was, and about the cost of their monthly bill. You might be surprised to find that there is a large disparity in service and cost.


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