The plan to subscribe to a new internet service for your business isn’t as forthright as you initially believe it is. In reality, there is more to it than just believing what the service provider advertises and then getting impressed by it to a point that you don’t even bother to read the contract offer.
Considering that the ISP you’re looking for is intended for business use, it means you are expecting it to provide much better internet service based on reliability and speed compared to what you’re accustomed to using at home. And considering that you will be paying the ISP a lot of money, maybe for a very long time, it means you must be putting in the extra time and effort in determining which of the many ISPs out there is the best in terms of service and price. Below is a list and short discussion of the things you must consider when selecting the finest internet service provider for your business.
1. The Type of Connection.
Today, internet service providers offer two types of internet service. The first type is the standard high speed or broadband service. The most common examples are DSL and cable, which by the way are marketed for their high speed, not reliability and quality. They also are popular for the reason that they’re affordable compared to the second type of internet connection called “high availability” internet service. This is what businesses are after because in this service, an agreement will be signed in which the client or subscriber is guaranteed 99.99% of uptime for the entire year, which means downtime is roughly two hours annually. The most notable example for this service is fiber optic connection.
2. Connection Speed
Considering that you’re planning to use the internet service for your business, it only makes sense if you can find a way to calculate your speed requirements before you choose an ISP. The one thing you want to avoid here is getting speed that you later figure out to be insufficient to meet your company’s needs.
3. Availability and Timeframe
As much as you want the high availability fiber optic for your business, it’s unfortunate to know that not everyone can access it. The truth is some areas in the country are still unreachable by both cable and DSL internet lines. So before you get so excited about your prospects, you first must learn if there are any ISPs that already have established lines to where your business is situated. And if they don’t have one, how long will take for them to construct a line to your business?
So those are just three of the many other things you should be considering when selecting an internet service provider, and mind you, you must also weigh on other important factors like the cost-efficiency rating of subscribing to a particular ISP, customer and technical support, as well as redundancy.
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