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High-speed Internet services

Whether you spend many hours browsing the Internet on daily basis, or use it less frequently, high-speed Internet connection appears to be irresistibly convenient. While it comes at added cost, most people find its benefits worth added expense, which can be quite low.

You can get high-speed Internet service in one of three forms:

DSL Internet
Cable Internet, and
Satellite Internet.

They can differ greatly as to connection speeds offered, prices and availability, so let's take a closer look of each of them.

DSL high-speed Internet access is most affordable, although not the fastest. It is phone-line based and, depending on service provider, the set up cost is from none to $100. Monthly charge averages $15-$45. Its download speeds are from 768 kilo-bites per second (Kbps) to 6 mega-bites per second (1Mbps=1,000Kbps), and upload 128-768Kbps. For this service, you need existing phone line, but that may not be enough. Since DSL service requires newer copper wires, it is frequently unavailable in cities with older-type telephone wiring, and in rural areas.

Unlike DSL, cable high-speed Internet connection is based on your existing cable television service. In other words, your cable TV service provider is your only choice for this type of Internet connection. While somewhat more pricey than DSL, averaging $40-$80 a month plus possible one-time installation fee of up to $150, it is also considerably faster. Its download speeds are 4-15 Mbps, and upload from 384Kbps to 1.5Mbps.

Finally, if you can't get neither DSL nor Cable high-speed connection, you can consider high-speed satellite Internet. At 512Kbps to 1.5Mbps download, and 128-256Kbps upload speeds, it is the slowest of the three. Yet, at $50-$120 a month, plus $300-$600 one-time installation fee, it is the most expensive. While you don't need to have existing satellite TV service for it, you do need satellite dish and wiring. Satellite high-speed Internet is available to any location within continental US that have a clear window to the southern sky, where the satellites are located.

All three - DSL, cable and satellite high-speed Internet access - are "always on" services. You don't get disconnected, and don't need to re-connect.

For frequent travelers, wireless high-speed Internet access may be of interest. It is available within a limited range - about 1,000 feet - from the local wireless access node, installed at increasing number of airports, hotels, businesses, convention centers, etc.

A poor-man's high-speed Internet connection is available in the form of "Accelerated Dialup Internet Access". It will give you up to 5 times faster speeds than a standard dialup Internet service - which is still up to 10 times slower than DSL - if you are willing to sacrifice graphic/image quality. Also, it doesn't accelerate download speed. 

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