Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
ISPs allow a person to connect his/her computer to the internet. This can be done
by using a dial-up connection, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Digital Satellite System
(DSS), or a broadband cable connection. The difference between these options is the
technology being used (which directly affects the connection speed) and the cost of the
service. When choosing a method, the user must remember that they all have one thing in
common; they all connect to the same Internet.
The user must investigate each method in order to determine what will suit his/her
needs. The breakdowns of the different types of service are as follows:
Broadband Cable- costs about $50.00 to $60.00 a month, utilizes existing cable
television infrastructure, and has connection speeds that are a minimum of
Dial-up Connection- costs about $10.00 to $25.00 a month, utilizes existing
phone lines, and is the slowest of all the services with a 56K modem averaging
DSL- costs about $50.00 to $60.00 a month, utilizes existing phone lines, has
connection speeds from 1.544 Mbps to 512 Kbps downstream, and approximately
128 Kbps upstream.
DSS- costs about $60.00 a month (plus $300.00 for installation and satellite dish),
utilizes a network of satellites, and has connection speeds of around 500 Kbps.
Some of the other things that a user would want to check on is technical support, e-mail
options, and if the service provides you with a personal web page.