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What To Look For When Selecting A Home Internet Service

Do you need to select an Internet provider for your new home? If you have more than one provider to choose from, you'll need to pick a provider based on how the services are different. Here are the things you should look for when selecting an Internet plan and provider. 

Equipment Costs

The cost of equipment is an ongoing cost, and it's not something that is typically advertised in the plan's pricing. Make sure that you understand if you can bring your own equipment to save money or if you must rent it. If you must rent, then ask about the rental cost of equipment and factor that into the monthly price.

Renting equipment is sometimes necessary when you are also subscribing to landline phone services. This is because the phone line needs to plug into a jack on the back of the modem, which provides emergency call services with location identification.

Data Caps

Does your home use a lot of data because everyone is always online? Ask if there is a data cap associated with the service. Some Internet service providers do not cap data at all, or even keep track of how much data you use. Others do keep track of data and will charge you more for going over your monthly allotment or limit your speeds. Understand what data caps exist and what the penalty is for going over them.

Upload Speeds

It is common for Internet service providers to advertise the speeds of their plans in terms of how fast they can download. Uploading is a different story, and it may or may not have a cap on how fast you can upload. This can sometimes be due to a limitation of the way the Internet is provided since copper cables need dedicated bandwidth for uploading. Services like fiber Internet often offer upload speeds that match the download speeds of your Internet plan, since the technology is not limited due to using light instead of copper wires. 


When you have options between Internet providers, you want to know when you can cancel and switch services. Pay attention to the type of contract you need to sign, how long it lasts, and what the fees are for breaking the contract early. If you are required to sign a two-year contract but only signed a year lease, then that provider may not be best for you. 

To learn more about home Internet plans, talk to an Internet provider in your area.