Thursday, November 15, 2007
We'll start with satellite Internet because it's the most widely available. Satellite Internet has the advantage of being accessible from just about anywhere. You don't even need a phone line to access the Internet over a satellite link. That convenience comes at a big price though. Not only are you limited to a slow connection speed with satellite Internet, but you also have to pay hundreds of dollars for the necessary equipment, plus a monthly fee of fifty to seventy dollars. That makes satellite Internet the option of last resort for most people.
DSL service is also widely available because it's delivered over a normal phone line, but it also has the disadvantage of being slow. DSL speeds can be compromised by distance form a connection node and low quality phone lines. Plus, it's pretty expensive for what it is.
Municipal wireless Internet access is something of a pipe dream. If implemented, this form of Internet access would provide some decent connection speeds for free or at a low price, but it lacks the reliability and security of other types of Internet service. After all, it's not difficult for people to pick up on what you're looking at on the Internet just by intercepting the signals.
Cable based Internet access through a company like Comcast is probably the ideal choice for high speed access to the Internet. That's because Comcast's Internet service is based on the cable technology that allows cable companies to deliver TV service. This robust technology can deliver many times the download speeds of other types of services and Comcast is especially fast because it provides a special feature that it calls Power Boost that cranks up the download speed by fifty percent in order to hurry along especially big files.
A broad band cable Internet connection of the type that Comcast provides is an especially good value because it costs far less than satellite and is in the same ballpark as DSL, even though it's so much faster than either of them! Plus, it's much more secure than municipal WiFi because of the fact that the service is delivered over buried cables instead of easily intercepted radio signals.
Generally speaking, broad band cable Internet access from a company like Comcast is the best choice and all of the other options are only stop gap measures.