ISPs: The Best Speed for Your Money
Unsure how much internet speed you need? Here's a look at what the major providers have to offer.
image
May 30, 2008 by Ben Hardy

Satellite
DBS (Direct Broadcast Satellite) digital television service wowed rural dwellers by bringing the multitude of channels to the remotest of locations. Broadband satellite is doing the same thing, and though speeds might not compare to cable broadband or fiber optic, it still beats dial-up. Users can experience the same weather-related disruptions as occur with satellite television, and costs seem a little high, but such is the price for availability where other options are non-existent. Look into changing promotions, like waived equipment and installation fees (which can be $300+), and lower fees for year or two-year commitments.

Satellite
Package Name Cost per Month Speed Down / Up Addresses / Storage Extras Availability
WildBlue Value $45.95 512 Kbps / 128 Kbps 5 F-Secure Security service, free for one year 48 states
WildBlue Select $69.95 1.0 Mbps / 200 Kbps 5 F-Secure Security service, free for one year 48 states
WildBlue Pro $79.95 1.5 Mbps / 256 Kbps 10 F-Secure Security service, free for one year 48 states
HughesNet Home $59.99 700 Kbps / 128 Kbps 5 Email defense (spam filter and anti-virus; 24/7 live support 48 states
HughesNet Pro $69.99 1.0 Mbps / 200 Kbps 5 Email defense (spam filter and anti-virus; 24/7 live support 48 states
HughesNet ProPlus $79.99 1.5 Mbps / 200 Kbps 5 Email defense (spam filter and anti-virus; 24/7 live support 48 states

Fiber Optic
The best of the best? Some would describe fiber optic service in such a way. The consumer will be hard-pressed to find faster internet service, though the consumer may be hard-pressed to find an area where fiber is available. The rolling-out phase of Verizon FiOS is still in progress, leaving many to pine for the blazing downstream and upstream speeds. Even if you can get it, you’re going to pay for it. $42.99 for the lowest service plan isn’t cheap, and you’ll pay more to go with a month-to-month contract, and a $79.99-per-computer installation fee may apply as well. Note: Although the Verizon FiOS website markets their “Fastest” tier at 30 Mbps downstream speed, some markets in the FiOS areas can actually get 50 Mbps downstream, enabling complete movie downloads in the blink of an eye.

Package Name Cost per Month Speed Down / Up Addresses / Storage Extras Availability
Verizon FiOS Fast $42.99 5 Mbps / 2 Mbps 9 10 MB for personal web page, 24/7 live technical support 16 states
Verizon FiOS Faster $52.99 15 Mbps / 2 Mbps 9 10 MB for personal web page, 24/7 live technical support 16 states
Verizon FiOS Faster Plus $64.99 15 Mbps / 15 Mbps 9 10 MB for personal web page, 24/7 live technical support, Verizon Internet Security Suite, 1GB Online back-up and sharing 16 states
Verizon FiOS Fastest $139.95 30 Mbps / 15 Mbps 9 10 MB for personal web page, 24/7 live technical support, Verizon Internet Security Suite, 1GB Online back-up and sharing 16 states

Follow Electronic House on Facebook and Twitter.


Ben Hardy - Contributing Writer
Between watching re-runs of the The Jetsons and convincing his Insteon and Z-Wave controls to get along, Ben Hardy is immersed in the world of home automation, home control, and home networking.

FREE Charter Platinum Membership
Claim your FREE Charter Platinum Membership to EH Network and receive 6 FREE issues of EH Magazine.*
First Name
Last Name
Email Address

We understand your email address is private. By granting you access to the EH Network, you agree to receive email communications from us, including our newsletters. You can manage your subscription at any time in the future.
* The new EH Network launches and your free subscription begins December 2014.


Topics

Commenting is not available in this weblog entry.