Let’s face it, since you finished school your twelve hundred dollar laptop suddenly has a whole new purpose. Instead of grinding away on google docs, your laptop now operates solely to facilitate hours upon hours of gold ol’ Netflix binging. Ok maybe that isn’t you, but everybody uses the internet for different reasons and before you sign up and commit to a plan, it is a good idea to figure out what your internet needs are. (talk about “first world problems”). If you work from home, home school your kids, stream movies or Skype your granddaughter twice a day in East Africa you’ll want to take each use into consideration as you choose your plan.
The trickiest part of this whole process of choosing an internet provider can be figuring out which provider can actually service your home. It is surprising how many obstacles can arise in the delivery of the internet. Contrary to popular belief, not all internet providers service in every area. This is hard to believe that of all the marketing dollars these providers spend on building their brand but most areas only have a couple options for the internet and in some areas, the only option is satellite internet! Because service providers are so sparse and spotty from area to area, the search for providers can feel almost impossible at times.
In addition to confirming whether or not a company services a particular address, nobody wants to spend an arm and a leg paying for the internet each month. There always seem to be a million different packages offering deals if you pair x with y and it never seems like you are getting an unbiased opinion. That is where My Utilities comes in. The team of experts studies the market every single day, learning the providers, packages, offerings, and deals finding the best options for each individual home. My Utilities is an unbiased third party resource, matching each individual with the best provider according to their means and needs.
The Internet is a utility you definitely want to get right the first time. The goal at My Utilities is to help you understand what you want and what you are getting the first time.
The Four Types Of Internet
There are basically four options for your internet services.
For the most part, what you pay for is the download speed. You will want to choose your provider after factoring in how much time you plan on spending on the internet and how many people will be using it at once. The more devices you use at one time, the more bandwidth required. My Utilities will help you figure out what you need to consider and help you decide just how fast you need your download speed to be. Feel free to ask us questions to make sure you understand what you need and what you are getting.
Fiber-optic Cable is an advancement from the conventional copper wire offering a quicker speed of transmission than the conventional copper wire. These fiber-optic cables use modulated light instead of electricity to simultaneously carry the internet, voice, and video. Fiber-optic cables do not suffer from electrical interference and also have a much higher bandwidth than alternatives.
Cable Internet is a type of broadband connection that transmits data over a cable television network. Cable Internet is typically faster than DSL but not quite as fast as fiber-optic.
DSL stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL carries data directly from the phone company to residential homes using high-frequency digital signals over existing copper voice phone lines.
Satellite Internet service transmits and receives data with a small satellite dish on Earth and communicates with an orbiting geostationary satellite 22,300 miles above Earth's equator.
*Bundle. Depending on which services you need, some providers will bundle utilities like internet, cable, and phones and give you better deals when they are purchased.
Call into My Utilities to speak with an expert or visit MyUtilities.com to see all the internet options in your area. The My Utilities team members are experts on questions you might have and will help you find the perfect package for your home.