Minneapolis prides itself on being one of the "greenest," safest and most desirable places to live in the United States. From a technological standpoint, Minneapolis is at the forefront of Internet service provision. Several ISPs do business in the Twin Cities region, allowing residents and business owners to connect to high-speed Internet through cable, fiber-optic and wireless technologies.
Comcast offers Xfinity Internet packages to Minneapolis residents. Cable subscribers can add Internet service and create a bundle, possibly saving on their bill. Xfinity is available at two service levels, Performance and Blast. Performance features speeds of 15 Mbps and seven email accounts. Blast offers speeds up to 20 Mbps. Both packages feature Constant Guard, a free Internet security suite from Norton.
Qwest provides high-speed Internet service in Minneapolis at speeds of 1.5, 7, 12, 20 and 40 Mbps. All subscribers receive free security software and online backup for important data. For a small fee, subscribers can upgrade these bonus features. Qwest subscribers also have unlimited access to AT&T; Wi-Fi hotspots throughout the city. New customers can choose to self-install their Qwest equipment or have a technician do it for them. Online and phone support are both available at no extra charge.
Clear sells wireless home and mobile Internet packages in and around the Twin Cities area. New subscribers must purchase a USB modem or similar device to connect with Clear's 3G and 4G networks. Several packages are available, with download speeds ranging from 1.5 Mbps and up. Micropackages have daily download limits of 200 MB. The premium Home and Mobile packages feature unlimited usage and no preset speed cap. Clear also offers voice over Internet protocol, or VoIP, telephone service, which subscribers can combine with their Internet package.
USI Wireless Internet has partnered with the city of Minneapolis to bring affordable, wireless broadband service to its residents and businesses. Subscribers can either purchase a USI wireless modem outright or rent one for a small monthly fee. Service packages allow for speeds of 1, 3 and 6 Mbps. Every subscription comes with three email accounts and up to 10 MB of personal Web space. Subscribers have the option of paying a yearly rather than a monthly bill, which amounts to a significant discount.
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