High Speed Internet Providers FAQ :
Q: What is the fee for high speed internet service and how does it differ among internet providers?
A: The fee for internet access will vary from one internet provider to another. Typically, there are two types of access, which includes dialup and broadband. Depending on your needs, there are various benefits to both dialup and broadband high speed internet access.
Q: What is the difference between dialup and broadband high speed internet access?
A: Dialup access is referred to as an internet connection that uses a regular phone line. Typically, the connection speeds will be 56k or less. Broadband high speed internet, on the other hand, uses a variety of connections to produce a faster and more reliable connection. As such, this service is often more expensive than the regular dialup.
Q: How can I find out about high speed internet service or which internet providers are available in my area?
A: The first place to start your search is in the telephone book’s yellow pages. Here, you will find a listing for every internet provider in your area, along with some block ads that even advertise their monthly rates for subscribers. One of the largest internet providers is America Online, which offers a selection of local access numbers. Another terrific way of learning which internet providers are available in your area is to browse through the local newspaper and pay close attention to the advertisements, which often feature ads from internet providers who offer special rates to new customers.
Q: What if I want to subscribe to AOL, but cannot find a local connection number for my area?
A: With America Online being a leader in internet providers, there are a large number of connection numbers available. However, in some smaller areas, there may not be a local access number. If that’s the case, you can gain access through a paid membership with one of your local internet providers and connect to AOL, via a TCP/IP connection, for $9.95 per month. This is called a ‘bring your own service’ plan and is a terrific way to enjoy the convenience of AOL even if you do not have a local access number.
Q: How do I know which internet providers are best or which ones will be most accommodating to my needs?
A: The answer largely depends on how much time you plan to use the internet. If you work at home or are online frequently throughout the day, you will most likely need an unlimited plan. This type of service, which is available through most internet providers, will allow you an unlimited number of hours online in exchange for a fixed monthly subscription cost.
Q: Is high speed internet access available in all areas?
A: The answer to this question is best addressed by one of your local internet providers. High speed internet access is available in most areas, but some rural locations may not offer wireless broadband connections or other technology needed to enjoy the full benefits of high speed internet access. This does not mean that the internet cannot be enjoyed, but rather that it will be enjoyed at a slightly slower rate than those who have high speed internet access.