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What to Look for When Selecting Internet Service Providers

Choosing an internet service provider is nowhere near as easy as it seems. Often consumers go with what they see advertised on TV or receive through the mail promotions that providers send out. As a result, consumers are more likely to switch providers in hopes of finding a service that provides better service.

When searching for an internet service provider, consider these factors before making your final decision.

1. Account Plans

Do your research on the different packages and account plans each service provider lists. If you think the plan sounds too good to be true, it probably is. A lot of companies don't advertise their service charges and other fees, only just the cost of the package. Go as far as you can into the provider's website to see if you can uncover what those extraneous fees are. If you still cannot locate them without signing up, there's a good chance you will want to stray away.

Also look for a variety of packages. Good internet service providers have a variety of broadband packages that will fit your needs.

2. Technical Support

While having internet that works 100% of the time is ideal, there is a very slim chance you will actually experience that. For those troubled moments, you want to be assured that you can call and talk to a real human being who can help you with your technical problems. Take a look at the company's technical support section of the website, and see how many different ways you can get a hold of somebody. The more varied the communication methods, the more likely you are to get your answers and solutions fast.

3. Customer Service

Just because a company provides technical support, it does not mean they provide good customer service. When contacting someone in technical support, they should be friendly and empathetic, courteous, professional and knowledgeable. Just exploring their website isn't going to give you a clear answer on whether they provide customer service, so looking at consumer reviews will give you a clear indication of what internet service providers have great customer service.

4. Service Agreements

When we come across Terms of Agreement or Service agreements online, we often scroll right through them and just click the Accept button with no clue what we have just accepted. Take the time to read through the provider's service agreements, as you may discover some policies and charges you do not agree with. Some providers bind you to a long-term contract, and will charge you extreme fees for canceling. By simply taking five minutes to read the service contract, you will know exactly what you are getting yourself into.

So by taking the time to do your research, you could be saving yourself a lot of money and a lot of hassle when dealing with your internet service provider.