Residents have several options for high-speed Internet service in Memphis, Michigan. Cable, DSL and satellite are available in most areas in and near the town. Each of these delivery methods has advantages and disadvantages. Your specific situation will determine which internet service provider works best for you. Reading the fine print of the providers' offers is always a good idea.
Comcast provides cable Internet at speeds reportedly up to 15 megabits per second. Its service packages begin at $19.99 per month with a six-month agreement, as of May 2011. Comcast has the advantage of a do-it-yourself installation option, which means no one has to enter your residence. A security software suite is included in all packages. Bundling services through Comcast allows you to potentially save money and reduce paperwork.
Power Plan from Verizon offers speeds up to 3 megabits per second. As of May 2011, signing a one-year agreement locks in a lifetime price of $27.99 per month. Verizon offers a second tier of service through "FiOS" -- a fiber optic cable network with a capacity of 30 megabits per second. A consumer also has the option of tethering her 3G cellular Internet connection to a laptop or desktop computer. Like Comcast, bundled packages are available for residents of Memphis.
High-speed Internet through a digital subscriber line or DSL is available from AT&T, which offers several service packages. The basic package starts at $14.95 a month and offers speeds up to 768 Kilobits per second. Three additional packages offer successively faster Internet speeds. The elite package advertises speeds of up to 6 megabits per second. AT&T DSL packages all come with "smart controls" that allow parents to monitor and filter the Internet use in their home.
Hughes Net Satellite Internet
Satellite Internet service is available through Hughes Net for residents who have an unobstructed view of the sky. Initial costs and installation may be higher with satellite than other connection methods. Reliability and speed may be somewhat less than with other providers because weather conditions can affect satellite signal clarity. The highest advertised speed on the Hughes Net website is about 200 kilobits per second. However, many rural areas are not yet accessible to DSL or cable connections. In those cases, satellite may be the only option.
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