Weighing Internet Options in the Windy City

There are tons of internet options available these days. The question remains, which ones are the right ones? That all depends on your needs. What are you looking for in an internet provider? Once you determine that, it’s going to make it easier to narrow your choices down. Some of you might not even know where to start. I’m here to help you.

1) What sort of speed are you looking for? Contrary to popular belief, not all speeds come “as advertised.” If you are only looking to do a few things you only need one of the lower speeds. Those who just want to check emails and do a little research only need between 1.5 and 10 Mbps. That’s it. You don’t need anything faster. Why? you aren’t going to be doing much on the web to warrant the extra speed.

If you are like most of us and use your internet for everything, you need 10Mbps or higher. The higher you go, the more you can do. In fact, if you go with 50Mbps or more you will have a ton of upload allowance. Like anything else, you might want to check with the providers first. Give AT&T U-verse Chicago a call and speak with a representative. Tell them what you want or need. They can tell you the best option for you.

2) Sometimes it’s best to pick someone locally. I have seen many customers pick someone out of their area, only to get horrible service. They end up wasting all of that money. Do yourself a favor. Don’t fall into this trap. Type in your zip code in the browser bar. Listings in your area should pop up. Scroll down and pick the ones you like the most. Then research each choice thoroughly. This tool is also good with broadband. It will tell you the best options in your area. Don’t be fooled by the initial quotes either.

If you can, go in and speak with someone personally. Find the nearest provider and call for an appointment. Never take someone at their word. A good provider won’t mind your questions. They will encourage them.

3)Research, research and more research. Look at the reviews. Don’t just spend your time on the good ones. Look at the bad ones too. Bad reviews will give out a lot of information. These reviews will tell you what you want to avoid. If someone lists some of the negative qualities, find out why. If you can, contact the person directly. Find out why they gave the review they did. People have the capabilities of being honest when pushed to do so.

Weighing Internet Options in the Windy City