While the early days of the Internet in Columbus, Ohio, left you with slow speeds and few choices, in 2011, you have a variety of providers and a range of speeds that fit your needs and budget. If you have a tight budget and only occasionally check your email, an option that offers a download speed of up to 1 megabit per second (Mbps) might be sufficient, but you can also obtain up to 50 Mbps for online gaming and video streaming. Not all providers are available in every area of Ohio's capital city, so call to check on areas of service before making your decision.
Time Warner offers a choice of six services. The fastest service is Time Warner's Wideband Internet that reaches download speeds of up to 50 Mbps. The next step down is Time Warner's Road Runner Service that offers four speeds ranging from Road Runner Lite for lighter Internet usage to Road Runner Turbo with PowerBoost that can help you with large files. You may also choose the company's EarthLink that has download speeds up to 10 Mbps.
AT&T; U-verse has five Internet packages. The cheapest is the Pro package, with download speeds of 3 Mbps. Elite offers up to 6 Mbps. Max has speeds up to 12 Mbps, while Max Plus goes up to 18 Mbps. The fastest is Max Turbo, which has speeds up to 24 Mbps. You also have access to AT&T; Mail with up to 11 email accounts plus virus and spyware protection.
WOW!, also known as WideOpenWest, offers four types of high-speed Internet: Xcite is the lowest speed at 2 Mpbs for general Internet usage. The next lowest is Xpress 8 Mbps, followed by Xtreme 15 Mbs, and Xtreme Turbo 15 Mbps, which is the highest speed. All the choices offer an upload speed of 1 Mbps, except for Xtreme Turbo, which offers 2 Mpbs. Xtreme and Xtreme Turbo also come with WOW! Security for spam and virus protection.
Insight Broadband comes in four speeds ranging from 10 Mpbs to 50 Mbps and upload speeds up to 5 Mbps. In addition, Insight offers free security software, up to six email addresses and personal web pages.
If you are seeking a lower priced Internet service among Verizon's offerings, you may want the company's High Speed Internet package that offers a download speed of up to 1 Mbps. The High Speed Internet Enhanced offers three choices of up to 15 Mbps. For a higher price but faster speeds, you can choose Verizon's FiOS (fiber optic services) connections ranging from 15 Mbps to 50 Mbps.
Windstream's high-speed service, also known as Greenstreak High-Speed Internet, offers three speeds from which to choose for broadband, ranging from 3 Mbps to 12 Mbps. Subscribers also can add one of four security packages that includes protection from span and viruses and automatic backup for your computer files. The first month of service is free, followed by a monthly fee.