Broadband Internet Provider FAQ

broadband internet providerBroadband may have a fairly straight forward origin story, a tale of needs exceeding what analog modems could provide, but what happens after that is nothing short of amazing.  A virtual explosion that swept up telecoms, digital cable companies, satellite firms, cellular carriers, fiber optic networking forms, and even utility providers and security outfits has created a market unlike anything seen before or even imagined.  Competition is always good, but there has been a great deal of questions about the various types of broadband that go unanswered or have not been sufficiently answered to our liking.  Therefore, we created our own FAQ guide to cover the correct and current answers to common broadband questions.

Question #1: What Are the Types of Broadband Internet Providers?

Answer #1: There are many different kinds of broadband Internet providers, but the current players are the fiber optic networking gurus, the digital cable networks, giant telecoms and smaller telecoms alike, wireless cellular carriers, satellite broadband vendors, and even your local power company.  Each type of company brings its own technology to the table, and some have been around longer than others.  Age is both good and bad as it often comes with experience, but it may sacrifice forward looking features.

Question #2: Which Types of Broadband Internet Provider is Best?

Answer #2: This is a very loaded question, but it is very common.  The best broadband Internet provider for you would be on the one that offers the lowest price on everything that you want and need.  Unfortunately, given the wide range of needs, markets, and competitors, it is impossible to come up with a single honest answer to that.  Of course, that never stops different ISPs (Internet Service Providers) from tossing their own names into the ring!

Question #3: Which Type of Broadband Internet Provider is Fastest?

Answer #3: Speed is not quite as straight forward as it looks.  For example, you have both upstream and downstream performance to worry about.  A Cable company might offer 100+ Mbps of downstream speed paired with 10 Mbps of upstream, and that could be great for someone that just does a lot of downloading.  On the other hand, someone that hosts game servers for their friends and posts videos of their gaming adventures online would probably get more value from a 20 Mbps symmetrical DSL connection!  That’s right!  Even 80 Mbps shy on download speeds, that connection could be the best fit for that type of consumer.  This is why that question is so hard to answer without first looking at your own needs and then comparing that to what is in your area.

Question #4: How Much Will a Broadband Internet Provider Charge Me?

Answer #4: Different markets and different sets of needs make answering this question nearly impossible as well.  Generally speaking, there are very modest high speed solutions that are quite affordable all the way up to very fast high speed offerings that could be used by several users at once doing very data-intense activities.  Different markets have different speed packages on offer and charge different rates, but most markets now have at least two broadband Internet providers and that helps to drive the prices down significantly.

Question #5: How Can I Save On Broadband Internet Services?

Answer #5: There are many ways to save on broadband Internet service.  You can bundle different services, buy only what you need, look for online discounts, shop during special holiday events, refer friends and family members, and maybe even just call your broadband Internet service provider and ask for a discount.

Question #6: What Hardware Will My Broadband Internet Service Provider Offer Me?

Answer #6: The answer to this question will vary from one broadband Internet service provider to the next, but never overlook that option to go with third party hardware so long as you can do minimal support on your own.

Question #7: What Hardware Will My Broadband Internet Service Provider Support?

Answer #7: This is a good follow up to the previous question.  You can generally expect support for the hardware that your broadband internet service provider leases or sells you, but that is typically about where your expectations should end.  There are also broadband Internet providers that will sell support for third party hardware, so be sure to ask if this is something that is of interest to you.