Round Three: Speed
Cable Internet offers speeds that can accommodate the needs of most small businesses. Cable offers download speeds that generally range from 20 to 100 megabits per second (Mbps) but some cable Internet providers are now offering download speeds of up to 107 Mbps. Upload speeds of 1.5 to 5 Mbps are common.
Latency (delays incurred during the processing data) of 100 milliseconds (ms) are typical, but latency can range from 25 to 500 ms. It’s important to realize that with cable Internet you share bandwidth speed with your neighbors, so the more customers using cable at once, the slower the Internet speed is for everyone. This means that download speed can slow significantly during high-traffic times. All in all, cable Internet remains a solid choice for heavy downloading, gaming and streaming video.
Cable has a reputation as being fast, but FiOS is amazingly fast. Plus, FiOS allows the user to send data over much greater distances while maintaining speed. Fiber-optic Internet offers download speeds ranging from 150 Mbps up to 500 Mbps, and upload speeds from 65 Mbps to 100 Mbps. The unmatched speed of FiOS allows every member of your team to download, upload, stream and share files simultaneously without compromising performance.
Final Round: Price
The cost of Cable Internet varies depending on your location, and whether or not you choose to bundle televisions, Internet and phone services. Generally, cable Internet is an affordable business solution that ranges from $25.00 to $100.00 per month. Keep in mind that you’ll usually pay more for faster speeds, and you may be charged an installation fee.
Fiber-optic Internet will probably cost your business more per month, but depending on how your business uses the Internet, the speed could be worth it. Plans for FiOS usually start at about $100.00 per month, but can exceed $300.00 per month depending on where your business is located, the speed you want, and the length of your service contract (most providers will require a two year commitment). You may have to pay an installation fee or activation fee, but some companies offer promotions that waive this fee.
Every business owner is looking for the fastest, most reliable Internet option at a budget friendly price. When you consider your options, be sure you’re comparing apples-to-apples.
In the ever changing market call and let us find, and compare those apples for you.