When choosing an internet connection to have whether a fiber broadband, a DSL, a cable connection or even a dial-up, it helps to keep these factors in mind.
Download speed. Your internet download speed should be commensurate to the kinds of activities that you engage in online. Choose an internet connection that not only allows you to do what you want to do, but also allows the number of people in your house to connect to the internet all at the same time. Choose the internet speed that can accommodate the traffic and congestion present in your household.
Normally, a download speed of 1 to 4 Mbps allows you to check your email, browse the web, stream music files and watch standard definition videos. If you are telecommuting, the download speed quoted above should keep you satisfied. A download speed of 4 to 6 Mbps allows you to engage in the same activities plus file sharing and IPTV or internet TV services. A download speed of 6 to 10 Mbps allows you to play interactive games online. As your download speed goes higher, you get to do more activities such as multiple user video conferencing, real-time image consultation, HD video surveillance and more.
Availability. Especially if you are located quite far from the city, you need to know the internet companies available to serve your area. Since communication towers can only reach a certain geographical scope, the internet provider you want may not be able to serve you with the internet connection you desire. Residents in the urban center may not have to factor in the availability in their decision-making, but residents in the outskirts and in regional locations should.
Price. This is probably a consideration that consumers factor in regardless if it is for an internet connection or not. If the initial costs and monthly payments offered by the internet provider you want meets your budget, then there is no reason for you not to consider getting their services. Check too if they have bundled services and promos. Promos like free one-month connection or free installation can help you save money. Keep in mind though that the cheapest offer is not necessarily the best idea. You might be sacrificing a lot such as internet quality and varying download speeds if you choose the cheapest offer over a modestly priced internet connection.
Tech support. It is quite useless to sign up with an internet provider that has weak tech support. You can see whether the tech support of the internet provider you want is at par with your requirements through customer feedback. Do they dispatch technicians immediately to your location if you need help with your internet connection? Are they quick in replacing modems, wires, outdoor satellites and other technologies that only they can replace? Is their tech support hotline picked up by a live person or not? How can you reach them? Are they reachable through phone, email or IM? Tech support may seem insignificant, but it can affect the internet experience later on.