Cable Internet


In the market for broadband internet? If you are looking for the highest speed possible, or already have cable television, than cable internet service might be your best bet. In fact, cable service is the most popular internet connection in the United Sates.

Cable internet service allows you to connect to the World Wide Web through the same infrastructure network that provides cable television. One of the biggest advantages of signing up for cable internet service is the ability to package it with cable television and telephone service. If you already have cable TV, then signing up cable for internet is simply adding another service to your monthly bill.

By purchasing cable internet, television and telephone from one provider, such as Comcast or AT&T, you can save more money than if these services were purchased alone. Of course, cable internet service can be purchased on its own, but for a higher price.

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  • Cable internet is most often faster than competing DSL, dial-up, mobile and satellite services. That means sharing photos, downloading music or watching movies is quicker. Speeds can vary based on the network and usage in your area.
  • Cable internet service is always on, unlike dial-up (phone) service, which requires customers to log in and connect with their service provider. Because of this, cable providers usually provide you with security software, such as Norton or McAfee, to keep your information safe.
  • Cable internet service won’t tie up a telephone line like dial-up service, so customers can use both at once. If you sign up for packaged cable internet and telephone service, then your phone calls are placed through the internet (VoIP, or Voice over IP). These phones have the same features as traditional telephones, such as call waiting and voicemail.
  • Cable internet service is widely available, as most of the United States already has cable television infrastructure. Often, there is only one company that provides cable access for a location. It's important to find out which company supplies cable to your residence and find out what services it offers so you don't waste time comparison shopping.

Cable internet connections promise much higher speeds when compared with the competition from DSL, mobile and dial-up services. Cable companies are currently offering speeds between 25 and 100 megabits per second, compared with DSL companies that offer between 1.5 and 15 megabits per second. Wireless internet, such as 3G and 4G cell phone plans, offer between 0.4 and 50 megabits per second. Satellite internet service only offers some 0.5 to 1.0 megabits per second.

If you sign up for cable internet service you’ll need to connect to the Web with a cable modem. Typically, the cable internet service provider will furnish you with a modem. Often, cable modems are able to send out wireless internet signals, which allows you to access the Web without having to connect any cords to your computer. Some services, such as AT&T's U-verse, can provide television and internet through the same box unit.

So if you're looking for the highest internet speeds available, or the chance to save money by packaging internet service with your television or telephone, than cable internet service is your best choice.

SEE ALSO: VOIP Vs. Home Phone

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Updated on: November 10, 2015

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