Choosing an ISP
Internet Service Providers (ISPs) enable you to connect
to the Internet. There are thousands of these companies
and it can be difficult to select among them. Here are a
few things to consider while whittling down the choices:
access" really means. Check to see
if ISPs list an access number in your hometown.
This is important - you only want to be charged
for a local call each time you connect to the
Internet. If you live in a rural area where
connecting may require a toll call, a regional
ISP may be cheaper than a national ISP.
Cost-effective flat rates.
For frequent users of the Internet, an ISP with a
monthly, flat unlimited usage rate is probably
the best. Also, you can save money with many ISPs
if you order their services six months or a year
at a time, rather than pay month-to-month.
Trusty tech support.
Determine if tech support is fast and reliable,
and that the number is toll-free.
Web site hosting.
Find out if ISPs allow you to post your own Web
site on their servers. It's also helpful if they
provide web-site-authoring tools.
Any ISP should enable you to log on without
getting busy signals, receive email with reasonable speed
and keep you connected. Before you choose an ISP, ask
friends and family members about their experiences with