The Case for Medium Speed Service

The choices and prices for network service continue to proliferate. Many options are bundled with other services that rely on the same internet connection. Here iare some important characteristics of common medium speed service offerings...

  • Regular cable or FiOS service: Businesses or home users who are looking for value in communications service should consider entry level cable or FiOS if available. Many conveniences can be had at this level and service is frequently bundled with inexpensive phone service and TV service; however, each of these add-ons can be obtained competitively if you shop around and understand how the vendors work.
    • The entry level service for cable or FiOS is more than capable of providing responsive connections for email, social media and supports streaming video and movies if there is only one or two users. This usage pattern can be comfortably handled by many older or refurbished computers including those designed for Windows XP as well as one or two cell phones operating on wi-fi.
    • Speeds typically run about 10 Mbps download and 2 to 5 Mbps upload.
    • These speeds are required for television or streaming video service and are comfortable for internet browsing and occasional video downloading. The upload speed would be somewhat uncomfortable for data backup services to the ‘cloud’.

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