ISP stands for Internet Service Provider – this is the company whom you pay to provide you with internet access. In Lanark County these are some of the more common providers:
When you are selecting an ISP there are some questions you are going to want to ask including:
What types of internet delivery options do you provide?
Some potential options are wired, wireless, satellite and flash drive.
What options are available to me where I live?
In town almost all options are available but the further you get away from the more densely populated areas, fewer options become available to you.
What is the monthly cost involved with each of the options?
The monthly cost for wireless tends to be a little higher than the wired options simply because the provider has to maintain a larger infrastructure and invest in more equipment that can be quite expensive. You can expect to pay anywhere from $25/month to $50/month depending on which option suits your needs best.
Is there a setup fee?
For wireless service there is almost always a setup fee, the amount of this fee will be directly relevant to the amount of work and equipment required to install the service ($100 and up). Wired access also sometimes carries a setup fee depending on the provider and your current package with them. Keep an eye out for specials to see if a provider might be offering a ‘no setup fee’ incentive – these can help to lower your up-front investment.
How much data am I allowed to process in a month? What happens if I go over?
There is no such thing as unlimited internet access. The ISP pays for how much data gets transferred over their system (bandwidth) – they have to pass that cost on to the customer. However, some companies are more lenient with overages.