High Speed Internet Providers in My Area – What are my options?
Getting the best high speed internet service provider by zip code would be considered by many users as simply a case of checking for the fastest speeds of the different services in their locality and picking one dependent on budget. The problem with this is that the speeds advertised are rarely those given by the supplier as the headline speeds promoted are ‘up to’ speeds yet you will only usually achieve a fraction of this speed. Most users will find that one of the most important parts of getting access to good high speed internet options is where they live and how close they are to their closest DSL exchange (if you are further away you will typically receive lower speeds for DSL broadband whereas fiber optic services lose very little speed).
We help make it easier to choose a suitable internet service provider (ISP) by offering a comparison of plans in your local area using our availability checker. If you are looking for really fast internet, plans with Wi-Fi, or just the cheapest internet deal to buy then Broadband Expert can help by comparing the plans and ISP options in your area. We include a huge range of plans from many different suppliers including any discounts the broadband company offer so you always get the best price.
There may be a small amount of work involved in order to find the best possible affordable high speed local internet providers in the area in which you live and there are several methods of finding them. One is using our website that allows you to check or compare different carriers at your address who are offering either cable or DSL based services, with Broadband Expert all you need to do is enter your area or zip code to filter suppliers. Although most people will be able to receive DSL or cable providers if you live in a rural area not covered by these options you may need to go for a more expensive satellite provider such as DISH or DIRECTV, you can see here what rural broadband options are available to you.
Once you have found a service that looks suitable you can call the suppliers like Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Verizon, Charter or XFINITY in order to find out the fastest speed you can get in your area using the numbers on our website; we suggest asking what a realistic speed is so you are not set unrealistic expectations. If you are not sure what speed your current suppier delivers then you can run a speed test to find out. This is important since speeds differ by location, for example the provider offering the fastest high speed internet service in my area does not necessarily offer the fastest speed where you live. Before buying you can check out some of the user internet reviews on the different companies to see what others think.
What else should I considered?
There are a few other things to consider that may make things a bit more difficult when looking for the fastest high speed internet by zip code as both the supplier you choose and your zip code will have an impact on the service you receive at your address. The contention ratio is one such consideration and this means that you will have to share your high speed line with other users. Even with the fastest broadband connection the contention ratio for residential users is usually 25 or 50 users on a single line meaning the maximum available bandwidth (bandwidth describes the capacity and potential speed of the connection), could potentially be split between 50 users (although it is unlikely all will be online at the same time). In areas where most people use a particular company for their high speed internet access using this service would simply mean that at peak time speeds will be much slower than using a lower speed connection from a provider that is used by fewer people. This is why broadband speeds are often much quicker late at night when fewer people are online. A good analogy is to think of the highway, you can drive much faster when there’s less traffic but when everyone uses it at the same time speeds get much slower, it’s the same with your connection speeds!
When choosing the cheapest high speed internet providers by zip code another factor to consider, that may affect connection speeds is the fair usage policy in place, which would mean that anyone exceeding a certain monthly download limit would face a reduction in their available bandwidth which will reduce connection speeds at peak times, the limits imposed will differ from one supplier to another and are not imposed by all companies.
One other factor to take in to consideration if you are a small business is that you may want to choose a carrier that also provides web hosting services so you can have one supplier for both internet access and web hosting rather than needing to deal with multiple carriers.
Will my ISP always deliver the best speed available?
Even with the fastest internet service provider connection users will always want a certain amount of future proofing with the service so that it doesn’t become out-dated too fast, in the same way as they do with computers. At the moment cable (fiber optic) is the fastest type of connection although it is possible that in the near future as 4G networks get faster and are available to more people they may provide a realistic alternative. It is also worth thinking about whether the modem or router your provider offers will support the next generation of broadband even with the faster deals that are offered. It’s also worth checking if you have a deal that is competitive with current offers, for example you may have signed up to a great deal from a cheap internet service provider (ISP) which seemed good value at the time however that plan may now be out-dated; you can of course use Broadband Expert to check this! If this is the case it may be that you can request a free upgrade, particularly if your ISP offers a faster service for the same price as they will be keen to keep your business and will often upgrade a customer rather than lose them. If it is time to switch to a new service then use our availability checker by entering your address (including the zip code) and run a search for internet companies in my area. If you are reading this and are still on dial-up then the benefits of upgrading to a faster connection if suppliers offering DSL or cable at your address are available in our opinion it is well worthwhile and will represent a big increase in speeds and which should make accessing the net much more enjoyable from everything from browsing the web and emailing to setting up a home network so you can get online with multiple devices.
DSL or Cable?
Cable (also called fiber optic) is typically regarded as the superior technology as it transmits data via a fiber optic network which can deliver higher speeds than the copper wires DSL providers use for their network. DSL internet speeds are affected by the distance the data has to travel along these copper wires with speeds decreasing the further the data has to travel.
Recent improvements to cable services have involved running the fiber optic lines all the way to individual household as Verizon have done with their FiOS service. By comparison traditional fiber services use the old copper wires for the last part of the connection which results in some loss of speed.
Internet Options need not be confusing
If your worry is that “I have so many internet options in my area”, then you really shouldn’t be worried, many people in the US have limited choice and some have no access to broadband at their address. Choosing the right option shouldn’t be too stressful, first use the Broadband Expert availability checker to see what is available at your address, we compare a wide range of offers including wireless internet. Once you have the result of the providers in your address then use the comparison tables to compare prices, type of connection and length of contract to make sure you pick the best cheap deal for your needs. Remember that cost isn’t everything and the low cost plans can be a false economy if they don’t provide the speeds or download allowances you need so consider all of the alternatives before making your choice. We advise that you decide which level of service you need then use our site to explore affordable internet options that fit your requirements, read reviews of the various ISPS and take your time to make an informed decision before you buy.
Broadband Expert is here to help you choose the right package
Broadband Expert is here to help you understand which companies cover your locality and provide a comparison of the different options and companies. As a self-confessed bunch of tech geeks we hope that our research and passion about technology can help you learn more about different broadband options and make a quick and informed choice! In addition to a side by side comparison of services don’t forget to check out reviews from other customers who use the suppliers you are considering.