With the invention of the Internet and fiber optics, our globe has hurtled into the information age, and cable and Internet have been a vital part of information transport. Most companies that offer cable service also offer Internet service in the form of a broadband connection. Most homes in the U.S. have access to either or both, and for many, these services are very affordable.
Although there are alternative ways to send and receive data and other information, such as satellite and DSL connections, those offered by cable and Internet services seem to be the most reliable. The choice is a personal one. Some do not want to have a satellite dish on their property, and claim high winds and bad weather affect reception, while others feel they have more choices through satellite connections, and that cable company fees are too high. DSL Internet service is somewhat slower than broadband service, but satellite and DSL connections may be the only options in certain parts of the country where cable has not yet been laid.
More and more cable companies are offering a dedicated line for Internet service, which means less traffic and higher upload and download speeds. Many companies give deep discounts if services are bundled into an economical monthly package. The larger cable companies also have added phone service secondary to the Internet service, using a dual modem. The best discounts are gained with subscriptions to all three services.
The greatest advantage to the Internet phone service offered by cable companies is one flat rate for everything: long-distance, voice mail, call waiting, forwarding, and more. The disadvantage is that, should your home or workplace lose power, the modem battery can only last a few hours. It is best to have backup phone options, such as a cell, or land line with very basic service. However, there are almost no problems in service or quality of the Internet voice over phone systems.
Check locally to find the best bundled service discounts, and make sure to see when or if these service discounts expire. If a requested discount should expire in 12 months, for example, place a reminder on your personal calendar 30 days prior to the expiration, or check every few months with the service provider. In this way, smooth and affordable cable and Internet service will be enjoyed nonstop.