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Should I get internet through DSL, Cable, or FiOS?

Enjoying the Internet at home has never been easier. Internet service providers across the nation offer cable, DSL and fiber optic plans with speeds capable of satisfying anyone's needs. Consumers faced with choosing a broadband Internet provider must weigh their options and make carefully informed choices. Cable Internet is regarded as the gold standard of home Internet connections, offering fast speeds and reliable performance. A DSL connection is nearly as fast as cable, but is often slightly cheaper. The fastest form of home internet is fiber-optic FiOS, but the high costs of installing fiber-optic line can be a turnoff

for many would-be subscribers.

There's also the matter of choosing a reputable provider who won't add hassles (and unexpected costs) to your home Internet experience. Some providers offer very low rates to new customers, but their prices for tenured subscribers may leave something to be desired. Or, some Internet service providers may offer better hardware incentives or troubleshooting services. Contacting an ISP by phone is a great way to gauge how easy that provider may be to work with in the future.

With the right Internet service plan, you'll be shopping online, downloading multimedia files and checking your social media profiles over a fast, stable connection. This guide can help you evaluate the various types of home Internet connections as you ponder which type best fits your needs.

How fast do you need your internet speed to be?
How cheap does your internet have to be?
Do you live in a rural, urban, or suburban area?
How often do you game online?
What do you use your internet connection for the most?
Do you already have cable or FiOS television?