Is High-speed Internet Service Worth It?, Families that are constantly streaming movies – or have teenagers – may want to upgrade. Is it worth paying for super-fast Internet in your home?, Rapid advances in technology over the last few years have made a broadband connection essential for many of us in our daily lives. Streaming more HD movies, downloading music, and using data-heavy video chat services like Skype and FaceTime can make basic broadband speeds seem a bit sluggish.
Luckily, you do have some options to choose from. We’ve taken a look at three of the larger broadband providers in the country — Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon — to show you some options if you would like to dramatically increase your Internet speeds.
How fast is my broadband now?
The average speed that Americans get from their home Internet service is 5.8 megabits per second (Mbps). Those numbers may seem decent, but those speeds place the United States in 13th place worldwide, behind countries like Latvia, the Czech Republic, and Romania. Even the city with the fastest Internet service in America, Boston, only averages 8.4Mbps — speeds that wouldn’t place it in the top 50 cities worldwide.
America’s slow broadband speeds aren’t due to lack of availability but a lack of knowledge among cable companies’ customers. Cable companies push low-end broadband packages, because they are usually cheaper — and much slower. For instance, most Verizon customers don’t have a clue that Verizon offered broadband with speeds of 300Mbps on June 17 — the fastest broadband connection in the country, fast enough to download a two-hour HD movie in under two minutes.
What are my high-speed options?
Aside from Verizon’s world-class offering (which costs $204 a month), there are other extremely fast options from Comcast, Time Warner Cable, and Verizon.
Coming in right behind Verizon’s highest broadband package is a 150Mbps offering that costs $94 a month. Another option is an $84-a-month plan that will get you speeds of 75Mbps. Be aware of the hidden costs with Verizon; all of these prices are contingent upon a two-year contract (if you don’t sign, the price goes up $5 a month, plus you have to pay a $100 equipment fee) as well as Verizon’s home phone service (another $5-a-month surcharge if you don’t have it).