3 Most Important Factors to Consider When Choosing an Internet Provider

There’s more to choosing an internet service provider than you think. Here are 3 primary factors you need to consider.

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Shopping for an internet service provider? Be sure to factor in these three important considerations when making a final decision…

We use the internet for almost everything. Shopping, communication, entertainment, work, research—you name it. So it only makes sense to have a good internet connection for your home or office internet needs.

The golden rule for a good internet connection?

You must choose a good internet service provider!

There are many internet service providers in the market today, offering internet via cable, fiberoptic and satellite. And while they all try to do a good job to satisfy their customers, most lack in some area or the other.

In short, no internet service provider in the market is perfect.

So when you’re shopping for an internet provider for your home or office, you shouldn’t really expect a service to be perfect in all areas. However, there are a few “key”areas that you shouldn’t compromise on either.

Reliability

When we talk about reliability in the context of internet connection, what we mean to say is how reliable the connection is in terms of service uptime. Does the connection break down on a regular basis? When it breaks down, how long does it usually remain that way? Talk to people in your neighborhood who are already using the internet connection and get their opinion on the service.

Latency

Latency impacts the speed of an internet connection in a major way. Many people only focus on bandwidth when shopping for an internet connection, wrongly assuming it to be the only factor playing a part in a connection being fast or slow. Yes, bandwidth is important in determining the speed of an internet connection; however, latency is equally important. Look for an internet connection with a latency of less than 100ms.

Customer service

Last but not the least is customer service. You want to choose an internet service provider that provides good customer service to clients.The provider should be easy to reach out.They should be responsive to complaints and queries. And most importantly, they should have the resources to resolve your complaints and concerns on a timely basis.

Of course, there are other things as well that you need to consider when shopping for an internet connection, such as bandwidth, download limit, installation cost and monthly cost.

In the end, you must make an informed decision.

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KonectEaze is an online marketplace for home and office internet service shopping needs. The website lists all the ISPs operating in different parts of the U.S and sorts them through zip code to help consumers find the best internet service provider in their area.


How to Choose the Best Internet Service Provider for Your Home

Are you shopping for an internet service provider for your home but not quite sure where (and how) to start?

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Are you shopping for an internet service provider for your home but not quite sure where (and how) to start?

If so, then you’ve come to the right place!

This guide will walk you through each and every step of the internet service shopping process to help you choose the best internet provider for your home.

Choosing the Best Home Internet Service Provider

Different Types of Internet Services

Let’s start with understanding the different types of internet services available in the market today.

There are “mainly” four types of internet services currently offered by internet providers in the U.S:

·         DSL

·         Cable

·         Fiber

·         Satellite

Make note that not all of the above-listed services are available in all parts of the country—satellite internet being an exception.

DSL internet uses regular telephone lines to deliver high speed internet to homes and offices and is currently the cheapest internet technology on the market. The disadvantage of DSL internet service is that its speed and quality vary with distance; the further away you’re from your provider’s central office, the slower and less reliable your internet connection.

Cable internet uses coaxial cable TV wires to deliver high speed internet to homes and offices. It’s slightly more expensive than DSL internet, but is also significantly faster and more reliable. Some cable internet service providers, such as Xfinity, provide internet connections with speeds to up to 2Gbps. The disadvantage of cable internet is that it has a limited bandwidth.

Fiber internet is the gold standard in the world of broadband and uses fiber-optic lines to deliver high speed internet to homes and offices. It offers the highest internet speed compared to all other internet connections. However, it’s only available in limited areas of the country.

Satellite internet uses a combination of satellite and satellite dish to deliver high speed internet to homes and offices. It can be deployed anywhere, making it an ideal service option for rural areas where DSL, cable or fiber internet services may not be available. That said, it’s also the slowest and most expensive internet service out there.

It’s very important to identify the type of internet connection you want to get for your home. For that, you must first know the types of internet services available in your area.

To find out what type of internet services are available in your area, contact our team at KonectEaze.

Internet-Only Plan or a Bundle

Once you’ve made the decision about the type of internet service you want for your home, the next thing you need to decide is the type of internet plan you want to purchase for your home.

There are two options that you can choose from:

·         Internet-only plan

·         Bundle plan

Internet-only plans are internet standalone plans. They focus on providing customers with internet service only.

Bundle plans are a combination of two or more services. They include internet service, cable TV service, home security service, home automation service, email management service etc.

Go for an internet plan that best suits your needs.

Comparing Internet Service Providers

Okay, so you’ve decided what type of internet service and plan you want to buy for your home.

Next, you need to find and compare the internet service providers in your area that offer your preferred service type and plan.

To do that, simply go on this page, enter your zip code and compare the different internet service providers from the list.

While comparing, pay attention to:

·         Cost of service

·         Connection speed

·         Data caps

·         Customer service

·         Reliability

·         Terms of service

Your goal should be to choose an internet service provider that offers cost effective services, fast internet connection, large data cap, around the clock customer support, high uptime and convenient service terms.

Make your pick, order your connection and enjoy the best internet service for your home.

We hope you found this guide helpful.

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In the Countryside: What are Your Internet Options?

Living in the countryside definitely has its benefits; low crime rates, clean air, fewer regulations, more privacy and freedom. However, with these benefits comes a clear disadvantage: very few internet options.

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Living in the countryside definitely has its benefits; low crime rates, clean air, fewer regulations, more privacy and freedom. However, with these benefits comes a clear disadvantage: very few internet options.

In the United States, people living in rural areas and small towns have only two main internet services available to them:

·         DSL internet

·         Satellite internet

Which one is best for you? Let’s find out.

DSL Internet

DSL is a broadband technology that delivers internet services through copper telephone lines. It provides internet coverage to both urban and rural areas. However, in rural areas,its speed tends to be relatively slower.

The slower speed of DSL in rural areas can be attributed to the technology’s sensitivity to long-distance connections.

Often, in rural areas, access points are located farther away from homes and local offices, which makes DSL internet slower. In some cases, depending on the location of the user, the speed of the internet connection can even decrease to 1–5 Mbps.

ISPs that provide DSL internet connection in rural areas include: HughesNet, CenturyLink, Verizon, AT&T, and others.

Satellite Internet

Satellite internet relies on a physical dish installed on a consumer’s property to receive data from a satellite in space. The biggest advantage of the technology is that it delivers the same speed to all users, wherever they might be located.

That being said, users may sometimes experience intermittent service interruptions when using satellite internet during inclement weather.

It’s worth notingthat satellite internet is more expensive than DSL, both in terms of setup cost and monthly plans.

ISPs that provide satellite internet connection in rural areas include: DirecTV, Dish, Viasat, Hughesnet, and Big Bend Telephone Company (only in Texas).

DSL or Satellite?

From the above discussion, it’s clear to see that DSL trumps satellite internet connection in terms of affordability, while the latter has distinct superiority in coverage and service uniformity.

However, there are some other differences as well between DSL and satellite that are worth keeping in consideration:

·         First, a satellite internet connection usually comes with higher minimum contract terms than a DSL internet connection

·         Second, unlike a DSL internet service contract, a satellite internet service contract usually has ETF.

·         Third,a satellite internet connection offers faster internet speed than a DSL internet connection (although, this isn’t always necessary)

·         Fourth, a satellite internet connection has much more limited bandwidth and data cap compared to a DSL internet connection

Considering everything, DSL internet connection is better than satellite internet connection in most aspects. But if you live in an area where DSL connection is “extremely”slow and not fast enough to meet your internet needs, a satellite internet connection could be a better option.

KonectEaze has a complete list of top rural internet providers sorted by zip code to help you conveniently shop for the best internet plan for your countryside home, farm or office. View our database here.


For Homeowners: The Basics of Cable Internet Contracts

A contract cable internet service is much cheaper than a no contract cable internet service, provided you fulfill the contract terms.

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But first things first:

Why a contract cable internet?

A contract cable internet service is much cheaper than a no contract cable internet service, provided you fulfill the contract terms.

Basically, when you agree to a service contract, the internet service provider offers you an incentivized deal in exchange of your long-term commitment to their company.

Moreover, contract cable internet usually comes with a fixed price. This means, you don’t have to worry about service prices raising suddenly and unexpectedly, something which ISPs are notoriously known to do for monthly internet plans.

But where contract cable internet has its advantages, it also has one major disadvantage.

The bad of contract cable internet

The one and only disadvantage of a contract cable internet service is:

You can’t break up your contract without paying an early termination fee (ETF).

Most cable internet contracts are offered and signed on a 24-month term period. Should you choose to end the contract before that, whatever the reason may be, you’ll have to pay a penalty to your internet service provider.

How much can you expect to pay in early termination fee?

There isn’t any fixed amount; the ETF clause varies from provider to provider. The fee is usually calculated as the sum of the service fee for every month remaining in the contract.

What if you don’t pay the fee and still break the contract?

In that case your internet provider has the right by law to file a lawsuit against you.

The takeaway from all this?

If you’re planning to live at your current address for a foreseeable future, then a contract cable internet might be the right option for you. However, if you’re a tenant or have moving plans, then a contract internet service is a “definite” no-go for you; instead, you should look for a monthly internet package.

A small brief about cable internet contract fees

A cable internet contract has the following main fee components:

·         Installation fee

·         Equipment leasing fee

·         Phone and TV service fee (if you’ve bought a bundle)

·         Service fee

You can waive off the equipment leasing fee by purchasing the equipment on your own. If you have leased the equipment, make sure to return it back to your internet service provider after the contract has ended.

Looking for the best contract cable internet service provider in your area?

KonectEaze can help you!

We’re a leading online marketplace for home and office internet service shopping needs, resourcing up-to-date data of the top internet service providers in the country. Using our website, you can compare different internet providers in your area and shop for the best internet plans for your home or office.

Start your cable internet service shopping today with KonectEaze.


The Horrors of Moving

Horror movies had a character to give a warning to the would-be victims. Here are some moving stories to serve as warning for your own moving stories!

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Horror stories of old, and some of the new, come with a warning.

The most common interpretation of these warnings is to have the would-be victims stop at a gas station to fill up their vehicle with gas. As they wait for the tank to fill, an eerie-looking person will step out and approach them. He’ll give an ominous warning that the direction they plan to go will lead to chaos, and most likely death.

Moving can feel like a horror movie, which is why you should listen to horror stories of others and heed the Message from the Harbinger.

Here’s the familiar “Harbinger” scene from a recent classic, The Cabin in The Woods.


(If you haven’t seen The Cabin in The Woods yet, go watch it! Also, if you have seen it, go watch it again. I’m even reading the novelization!)

The Harbinger is meant to give the would-be victims an opportunity to try a different path or change course completely. In The Cabin in The Woods, and other horror classics like it, The Harbinger scene is the ominous foreboding of what’s to come if the would-be victims don’t heed his warning.

…They don’t.

If the would-be victims listened and changed, then there would be no story, no horror movie, and no victims.

Your moving story doesn’t have to end like theirs.

Take heed and listen to the following stories so you can save yourself from the same peril that befell these victims! (insert ghostly wailing)

Never Trust a Neighborhood

James (not his real name), had been in his new house for barely a full week. It was Sunday, and he opened the garage to pull out his wife’s car as they made ready to go to church. Sitting in the driveway was his work truck.

Something was missing!

The work truck was a Toyota Pre-Runner, with an open bed.

As a pest control technician, James would use an expensive leaf-blower with an attachment to spray treatment chemicals on lawns. It was brand new. Cost nearly $1000.

Moreover, it was gone!

The previous neighborhood James had lived in was rundown. Cars were parked on lawns, a few homes had windows boarded up, and some of the residents had questionable jobs. However, the truck sat out in the open with the leaf-blower in plain sight…no one touched it.

This new neighborhood, although nicer, was still being built. No one parked his or her car on the front lawn, all the windows were intact, and everyone had a job.

Yet, someone had stolen equipment that James didn’t even own.

However, he still had to help pay to replace, to the tune of $450.

The Warning

New neighborhoods, though they may look nice, can still hide secrets.

If you’re not familiar with the area, you can get information from those who do live there. Check out City-Data Forums to see what locals have to say. You can post a question about your neighborhood there and get answers.

Make a Checklist

Bob (not his real name) had moved into a lovely two-story home with his wife and kids. He’d set up a bundle package through a local home services provider, getting his internet, cable TV, and phone from one source. Bob liked the convenience of the single check, and he was finding that it saved him some money.

Six months after the move-in, however, he got a bill with late-charges, overdue fees, and about seven months of monthly charge.

For services on his previous home!

Bob had forgotten to cancel the internet service at his last house.

With those built-up charges, Bob had to do a payment plan, as well as work with his credit company to keep his credit score from taking a hit.

It would take years before Bob could pay down the bill.

The Warning

Make a checklist to ensure you haven’t missed anything before you move out of your home. It may seem tedious, but when the moving process revs up, you’ll most likely be too busy to remember everything yourself. A simple piece of paper with the items listed can save you time, and in Bob’s case, money. You can even use the notes app on your smartphone to write out a list.

If you’re worried that you missed a crucial step, check out The Art of Happy Moving. The Art of Happy Moving has a checklist you can download. The checklist breaks down the timeline needed to get things ready for a smoother transition.

If you want to make a list yourself, that’s fine, but make sure you make a list.

However, most of all- don’t forget to cancel services at your old home!

Missing Pieces

On a Friday morning, Jack finally found time to start opening boxes that had piled up in his living room from the recent move. The process of moving had been bumpy, but so far, everything had smoothed out.

He’d hired movers to help, and they’d managed to get everything out of his apartment and storage unit, and into his new home in the time allotted.

However, the very next morning he had to go back to work and the stacks of boxes in his living room sat there for several days.

Now he finally had time to get the unpacking done.

As items came out, he noticed a couple of his Bluetooth speakers were missing. He was sure he’d packed them in the right box, but they weren’t there. All the boxes had been taped up, so the movers couldn’t have opened them and helped themselves to some of Jack’s stuff before they left.

Where were they?!

After opening every box, and stacking the contents everywhere else, he was still sure the speakers were missing.

He headed back to his old apartment and asked the management if someone had turned them into the lost and found. The answer was “no.”

The next week Jack searched the boxes again, called friends who’d helped him move, and still couldn’t find them.

It wasn’t until he’d just about given up hope that he found his missing speakers- right next to his bed. He’d pulled the speakers out of the box before taping them up so that he could show a friend. The friend had put them on top of the boxes when they’d loaded up the moving truck. The movers had placed them next to his bed.

The Warning

You can inventory your entire house to avoid something like this. But then again, that would take a lot of time.

Apps, like Sortly, allow you to take pictures of your stuff and the app will create QR codes that you can print out to put on boxes. You can then scan the closed box to see what’s inside, or what should be inside. While this doesn’t eliminate the possibility of lost items, it can help you track your stuff and provide peace of mind.

Bad Movers

To get his stuff across the country, Vince hired movers who would pack his stuff, as well as his car, into containers. They’d agreed to deliver it to his new address and help him unpack.

Vince, being busy, flew to his new home and continued working until the movers showed up.

When they did show up, however, they demanded “extra fees” because of some trouble getting it across the country. While Vince hadn’t agreed on this stipulation, the movers had the keys to the truck.

Vince also noticed that his car wasn’t with the truck.

Since his stuff was held hostage, and his car was nowhere in sight, Vince had to walk to a nearby gas station to use their ATM. Then he had to walk back, hand over the money, and wait for them to unload all his belongings.

With that finally done, Vince had to then negotiate for his car.

Another trip the nearby ATM and he was given the keys and an address.

He didn’t know how to get there, so he had to plug in the address to his map and use public transportation to get there.

At last, Vince had found his car- it was in a paid parking space, and he had to pay the parking fee to get it out.

The Warning

Make sure you have, in writing, the exact agreement you’ve made with the moving company that you’ve hired.

Before doing this, check them out on the Better Business Bureau and Yelp. Moving companies who do lousy work will get reported. A simple search of the moving company name, plus the word “complaints,” will help you find out who’s been complaining about them.

More reputable moving companies, though they might be more pricey, will save you a headache and you won’t have to worry about your stuff being held for ransom. They may provide a written contract for you, but you should still make sure you have, in writing, the exact agreement you made with them.

Save the Jump Scares for the Movies

Horror movies, with their copious deaths and arterial blood spray, are the best place for scary things to happen.

Not your moving experience.

Although every problem can’t is avoidable, you can take some steps to eliminate problems or at least mitigate them. Things like a checklist, writing up a “mover agreement,” or taking inventory of your stuff can save you from a jump scare along the way.

There is one last thing you need to set up for your new home- setting up your new home services.

Home services, like energy utility, home security system, and internet service provider, can be set up before you move in. It’s highly likely you’ll be moving to a new neighborhood, one you’re not familiar with. You may not know who provides energy, or what ISPs are in the area.

Check out the best internet packages and deals from KonectEaze. Here you’ll find internet, cable TV, phone, home security, and in certain places, energy utilities. You can research providers here and find out what deals are available by merely searching your new zip code.

You can save yourself some time, headache, and cash all in one place.

Do you have a moving horror story? Share it in the comments below.

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