Availability of High-Speed Internet in Alvarado, Texas

by Earl Smith

Alvarado web surfers want the fastest service for their high-speed needs. High-speed Internet typically measures in Kbps, kilobytes per second or Mbps -- megabytes per second. One byte holds one character. One kilobyte contains 1,024 bytes while one megabyte holds 1,048,576. Two Kilobytes download a typewritten page, 2 megabytes download a high-resolution photograph. Ten kilobytes load a page from an encyclopedia, 5 megabytes, the complete works of Shakespeare, according to tech specialist and blogger James Huggins.


Verizon provides Alvarado clients with high-speed Internet in download speeds from 0.5 Mbps, megabytes per second, to 15 Mbps. Consumers choose from two high-speed Internet packages. The High Speed Internet package speeds between 0.5 Mbps and 1 Mbps. These speeds work well for casual users and for downloading music and photos. Verizon's High Speed Internet Enhanced package runs at speeds of up to 40Mbps. Verizon recommends this service for heavy-duty surfers, gamers and homes with several computer users.


AT&T; advertises packages at speeds of quick, fast, faster and fastest. The company's quick package, Basic Internet, speeds to 768 Kpbs, kilobytes per second, uis p to 13 times faster than dial-up. AT&T;'s Express Internet service, the fast package, downloads up to 1.5 Mpbs, up to 25 times faster than dial-up. The company's faster package, the Pro Internet, speeds up to 3.0 Mpbs, up to 50 times faster than dial-up. AT&T;'s fastest package, Elite Internet, races up to 6.0 Mpbs, up to 100 times faster than dial-up Internet.


Qwest high-speed Internet consumers can bundle the Internet with the company's DirecTV subscription and home-phone service, or sign up only for Internet service. Qwest offers several Internet packages. The Ultimate Start-up speeds are up to 1.5 Mbps. The Essential plan offers download speeds of up to 7 Mpbs. The Advanced high-speed Internet package provides speeds up to 12 Mbps. The Extreme package powers up to 20 Mbps. The Qwest Pro package races at speeds up to 40 Mbps.


HughesNet high-speed Internet offers Alvarado consumers three different Internet packages. The HughesNet Basic Package runs at 1 Mbps. The Power 150 high-speed Internet package runs at 1.5 Mbps and the Power 200 package runs at 2 Mbps of download speed.

About the Author

Earl Smith has been writing since 1996. His articles have appeared in "Focus" and "On the Scene" magazines and the "Rio Rancho News." He is an Air Force veteran and has a B.A. in business administration from Illinois State University.

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