5 Different Types of US Internet 2011

Internet access in the U.S. varies greatly depending on where you are and how many services can get there. Most urban and suburban residents have at least two broadband options to choose from, while rural areas may be forced to rely on either satellite or dial up. Most U.S. locations can provide at least two to three of the following services:

1. Cable Broadband Internet - The company that delivers cable television is usually a good option for high speed internet (http://www.broadbandexpert.com/high-speed-internet/) in the U.S. Cable internet can be delivered through the same line that runs to your television with a cable modem, and the service most companies provide will always be on. While some cable companies have started experimenting with a bandwidth cap, most still provide unlimited internet for a flat fee.
2. DSL Broadband Internet - DSL broadband is functionally similar to cable high speed internet, but instead of working through a cable connection it works through your phone line. Most local phone companies offer DSL at speeds that are slightly lower than cable speeds but still perfectly usable for streaming content. DSL is frequently less expensive than similar cable internet plans, but it can often come with a corresponding slowdown in service.
3. Cellular Broadband Internet - For anyone who wants reliable internet while mobile, cellular phone companies offer data plan options that can work with a laptop computer or cell phone. Most mobile broadband plans come with bandwidth caps of one to four gigabytes, though some offer unlimited service at a slower speed. Mobile broadband generally costs about the same as broadband for the home and will work in most major cities and their surrounding area.
4. Satellite Broadband Internet - Satellite internet is one of the only U.S. options that can reliably reach rural areas with a high speed connection. Satellite usually comes with a monthly download cap and has latency issues that aren't present with other forms of access, but in many U.S. places it is the only service that will reach the area. Satellite prices start at around the cost of other high speed internet services, but begin to get much higher as the bandwidth cap is raised.
5. Dial up Internet Access - For inexpensive internet that is available anywhere with a land phone line, dial up internet access is still the only way to go. At least a quarter of the U.S. still relies on dial up for regular internet access due to either having no need of higher speeds or having no access to high speed alternatives. Dial up internet needs a user name and password to connect, and may involve long distance charges if the access point isn't in the local area.
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