Selecting the Best Type of Internet Service Provider for Your Needs

An Internet service provider (ISP) is a type of company that can access the Internet. Different Internet service providers or ISP forms exist, such as commercial, community-owned, and privately owned. Therefore, it is necessary to choose the type of Internet service these companies offer. You can connect to the Internet in many ways, but it depends on whether it is available in your area. Currently, most ISP’s use dial-up or DSL, cable television lines, or satellite connections to connect to the Internet.

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Before Internet service providers were introduced to the market, there was limited access to the Internet. Only those affiliated with a participating university or government agency had the privilege. In the late ’90s, Internet service providers had significantly increased to approximately 10,000 worldwide, with more than half located in the U.S. Back then, most Internet service providers were small companies that contracted Internet services from larger ISP companies such as America Online and offered their services to clients and businesses. AOL became the leading provider for ISPs around the world. Around the same time, many state-owned ISPs in Asia entered the business. The dial-up Internet service provider AOL had its downfall when customers shifted to broadband service for faster internet connection.


Dial-up requires that you have access to a landline telephone service to connect to the Internet. The normal download speed of 24-48 Kbps is a bit slow, and it’s not recommended when downloading huge files over the Internet or watching full HD videos on YouTube. Still, occasional users who only check their emails regularly, browse web pages, or visit social networking sites such as Facebook or Twitter will be fine using a dial-up connection. Satellite uses a wireless internet connection and is much faster than dial-up. Usually, the quality of the relationship is affected by weather conditions. People who like to go online when DSL or Cable internet is unavailable in their area would consider the satellite an alternative. However, it cannot connect to streaming content, such as YouTube videos and online radios, Globeinform.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) or Cable internet is designed primarily for those using the Internet to download huge amounts of data and media consumption such as video calls, online videos, and large files. The average download speed of DSL is 3 Mbps, whereas cable internet is faster at 4-6 Mbps. On the other hand, high-end cable speeds average from 12-20 Mbps. Another option would be mobile device technology such as cellular phones, tablets, or laptops. You need an ISP with a 2G, 3G, and 4G wireless connection for these devices to work. While these devices can be useful, they provide only a limited amount of data that you can use to surf the net. Still, if the user is registered to a monthly unlimited data plan, they can enjoy web browsing for months using wireless Internet.

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