Broadband (a.k.a. High Speed Internet Service) is one of the true catalysts to innovation in the home. Someday, we’ll be able to subscribe to services that will use the internet to stream HD television or movies right to our living room. You won’t be able to do this if you’re still on dial-up. So, do you choose DSL or cable for your ISP? DSL or DS3 internet is usually cheaper but cable usually offers higher download speeds. Here are a few sites that should help you get started:
DSL Reports (also known as Broadband Reports)
This site features lots of broadband news as well as reviews of different broadband ISPs around the country.
CNET’s Internet Access Guide
Enter your info and this site will tell you what broadband options you have in your area.
The site describes itself as focusing “on system performance, with areas including Broadband Internet connections, Windows, Overclocking, all targeted towards a technically aware audience.” It features all kinds of news, reviews and articles relating to broadband.
FCC Explains Broadband
This site provides information on the definition and advantages of broadband, brought to you by the nice folks at the Federal Communications Commission.
CNET’s Bandwidth Meter Speed Test
Ever wonder what kind of download speeds your getting from your internet connection? CNET’s speed test will tell you where you stand. Want a second opinion? Try DSL Reports’ Speed Test as well. Want a third opinion? Try the speed test at BandwidthPlace.com.
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