Types of Internet Providers

This article will explore some of the factors you can peruse in your search for a reliable internet connection.

Types of Internet Providers

To ensure that you have a working internet connection, internet service providers use different kinds of technologies to make that happen. The same internet service providers can offer all or some of these types of internet connections, which have their own pros and cons.

  • DSL or Digital Subscribers Line allows for transmission of data over the existing copper telephone lines, that are already installed around your home street or business areas. The internet speed of a DSL internet is up to 100 Mbps. Now that the dial-up internet with its 50 Kbps speed has become obsolete, DSL internet is known as the slowest internet to date, and also the most affordable one.


Moreover, DSL internet doesn’t get shared around the neighborhood because it uses your separate telephone lines to provide you with an internet connection. DSL is also the most commonly available internet in rural areas, but there’s one catch. What kind of DSL internet connection you receive depends on your home to the nearest telephone facility; the more distance there is between your home and the telephone facility, the slower will be your DSL internet connection.


  • Cable Internet uses cable lines to provide you with an internet connection. And since cable lines are shared around the neighborhood, cable internet is sure to lag and experience interruption. The transmission speeds of cable internet start from 50 Mbps and go up to 1000 Mbps in most cases. It is faster than the DSL internet connection but slower than fiber internet. One advantage of cable internet is the fact that it can be bundled with television service because they both are transmitted through the same type of wires. This way, subscribers can save money by opting for one of the Xfinity internet plans that also include television service at discounted rates.


  • Fiber Internet. This is the fastest and most reliable broadband internet connection, offering symmetrical download and upload speeds. Fiber internet provides internet speeds up to 2 Gbps (1 Gbps = 1000 Mbps), which is more than enough for a single household with multiple devices. Regarding its infrastructure and resources availability, fiber internet is expensive, and also not widely available. Hence, its limited availability is also one of the reasons why it is so expensive in the markets. Also owing to its reliable internet speeds and durability, internet service providers aim to make it available in other cities in the US.


  • Satellite Internet. You can also receive an internet connection from the satellite, and this is usually the best option for internet users living in remote or rural areas since this is the only type of internet that is easily accessible to them. Satellite internet uses a satellite dish to send and receive signals to and from space. The transmission speeds of satellite internet are very high, however, there is still weather or terrain interference that often disrupts the flow of internet connection. Also, internet users with satellite connections experience peak hour data limits as well.


  • Cellular Internet. That’s right, cellular technology can also be used to access the internet. You can connect to the internet using data from your SIM card. The speed varies but the most common data transmission speed offered by cellular technology is 3G and 4G. 3G is a third-generation cellular network with a transmission speed of 2 Mbps. The highest transmission speed being offered by 4G technology is 100 Mbps, but mostly it’s just 20 Mbps. However, the newest technology called 5G is all the rage nowadays with its record-breaking transmission speed of 20 Gbps. It is still new, and not available in most areas yet, though it will completely change the game for a high-speed internet connection.


Summing up, these are the most common types of internet providers being offered all over the country. In your locality, you will find that internet service providers offer just one or two of these types of internet connections. Each of these internet providers has its own benefits and drawbacks, which you will have to pinpoint to narrow it down to the one you really need.