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How do I Choose the Best Cheap Broadband?

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  • Written By: N. Madison
  • Edited By: Jenn Walker
  • Last Modified Date: 16 October 2017
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Broadband Internet is an always-on Internet connection that provides speeds that far exceed those available with dial-up Internet. While there are many cheap broadband service providers from which you may choose, selecting the best one may require you to carefully compare services based on the usage limits they offer, connection speeds, and contract terms. You may also consider any fees you may face on top of monthly service charges when you are attempting to select the best cheap broadband service.

Choosing the cheapest broadband Internet provider may not always provide you with the type of service you want. As such, you may do well to make a list of the broadband services that offer the lowest prices and then compare them based on the usage limits they offer. For example, you may find that some broadband packages limit your Internet usage to a certain amount per day, and if you exceed the specified amount, you may have to pay a fee. If you spend a good deal of time on the Internet, you may want a service that doesn’t limit your surfing or offers the highest possible usage maximum. If you only use the Internet occasionally, however, you may do well with a service that has a lower usage maximum as well as a lower price.

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Connection speeds are also important when you are choosing the best cheap broadband service provider. If you choose based on price alone, you may end up with a frustratingly slow connection. Instead, you may do well to compare providers based on their average connection speeds, crossing those with the lowest average connection speeds off your list. You may then narrow your list to include those that offer the lowest prices and the connection speeds you want.

Contract terms are also among the things you’ll likely consider as you attempt to choose a cheap broadband service. Many companies require new subscribers to sign contracts agreeing to maintain services for a specific amount of time, such as a year. In general, you may prefer a broadband service that offers the shortest contract term. This way, if you are unhappy with the service, you’ll have less time in which you'll have to deal with it. You may also consider any cancellation fees a broadband provider applies for service that is canceled early; the best cheap broadband provider may offer the lowest cancellation fee or no fee at all.

You may also compare hidden fees and extra charges when you are comparing broadband providers. Carefully reading the terms of the service contract may prove revealing. For example, you may find fees for installation as well as a range of charges that aren’t included in the monthly price quote. You may also consider how taxes may make your bill higher as you narrow your choices. Generally, choosing a company that offers free installation and the lowest additional fees may be best.

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