Question by itfactor: What internet service is better and faster than AT&T DSL?
I’ve had att dsl since 2005 and recently heard of their ridiculous plan to impose data limits. I currently pay $ 24.99 a month and was wondering if I could get suggestions for a better and faster internet service with NO limits and around the same price range?
Answer by Dan Karas
Before you decide to switch, you might want to monitor your monthly usage. At&t DSL is going to cap at 150 GB per month.150 GB is a large amount of data and few customers actually use this amount of bandwidth.
“Unlimited Internet” is a term often used to market Internet, Cell Phone and Web Hosting services. Very seldom does it actually mean unlimited. What the providers do is add what is known as a “Fair Usage Policy” you’ll find it in the small print of the contracts. The effect is that you are either throttled to a crawl or charged extra for monthly bandwidth that exceeds the providers predetermined limit.
The worst are the cellular mobile broadband providers with under 5GB per month, Satellite Internet is a close second with some providers throttling after 200MB per day. Most cable and DSL providers allow 100-250GB per month.
That being said, currently cable providers have the most liberal limits. However if you consistently download in excess of 250 GB per month you risk being canceled.
Cable Internet is generally faster than DSL, however a bit more expensive.
A lot will depend on what Internet providers are available in your specific area and what levels of service they offer in that location.
To compare your At&t DSL broadband Internet plan with local competitors, go to a ISP comparison site that lets you input your address, http://isp1.us/find/ and compare the pricing and terms of the offers that are available in your area.
The physical address is needed because some services, particularly DSL, are very distance sensitive. For example you might be able to get a specific level of service while your next door neighbor can’t.
You’ll want to pick the fastest plan that fits your budget. In some areas this can be 100 Mbps+. But these high end broadband plans are expensive. You may find that something in the 5 to 30 Mbps range might satisfy your needs at a much lower cost.
Choose the best one for your Internet usage and budget.
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