There are few things more frustrating than waiting for an uncomplicated web page to load, or dealing with “buffering” every few minutes while you watch videos online or Netflix on your TV. But one thing that trumps all of that is when you are paying an exorbitant price for slow Internet speeds.
When you move to a new city, though, you’re at the mercy of whichever Internet Service Provider you choose to sign up with. Since most of us need our TV and Internet service turned on yesterday, we don’t always have the time to do the research to find the fastest Internet Service Providers in our new neighborhood.
Below are four ways you can find the fastest ISP at your new address:
1. Figure Out What Speeds You Need For What You Do
Before you go tracking down the fastest Internet speeds, you should make sure that you need fast Internet speeds.
If you are someone that mostly uses the Internet to read and send email, check Facebook and social media sites, check sports scores and read the latest news, then you don’t need to pay for ultra-fast Internet. But if you play a lot of games online, including your Playstation 3 and Xbox 360, or you watch a ton of movies online, then faster Internet speeds would directly affect your enjoyment of those things.
2. Check Which Companies Offer Service at Your Address
Visit Digital Landing Deals and input your new street address to see which companies offer Internet service in your new neighborhood.
There are many Cable TV service providers that are offering Internet now, but those companies usually don’t tread on each other’s territory. So you might not see companies you are familiar with from your previous addresses. But Satellite TV providers, like DirecTV and DISH Network, are usually available everywhere. You will still need to be able to install a satellite dish, however. Finally, telecommunications companies, like AT&T U-verse and Verizon FiOS, offer Internet service, but they are also not found together in the same areas.
Once you see what providers service your area, you can see how many Mbps they offer and at what prices in their different packages. Unless you’re doing a lot of uploading of pictures, movies or files, you really just need to make sure you have appropriate download speeds.
3. Research on Your Mobile Device
When people move, it’s usually a chaotic situation and they don’t always have the forethought to look for Internet service at their new home. But many times, people end up with down time, while they’re moving in, whether it’s because they’re waiting on the moving truck, or they’re taking a break from bringing in boxes.
Conveniently, you can also check for the fastest Internet services in your new location through DigitalLanding.com on your smartphones or tablets.
4. Ask Your New Neighbors
Everyone needs a good icebreaker, so take a walk over to ask your neighbor who they use for their Internet Service Provider – and if they’re happy with them.
Nothing brings neighbors together like complaining about service providers!
If you’re lucky, you’ll find out that the fastest Internet service in your area is provided by the same company that offers Cable TV and Home Phone services. Bundle them all together and get better packages for bigger discounts!
David Gonos is the Content Manager at DigitalLanding.com.