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.
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