On Louisiana's west side, near the Texas border, the eclectic city of Shreveport is a cultural gumbo of East Texas cowboy meets Louisiana Cajun. If you're new to the area and looking for Internet service, or if you're shopping for a new provider, four types of high-speed Internet may be available to you depending upon your location.
If you live within a Shreveport cable company's service area, you can have high-speed, or broadband, Internet via a cable connection. If you already have cable TV, all you need is a cable modem to connect to the Internet. Cable is the fastest type of Internet connection with download speeds up to 50 megabits per second (Mbps) depending on location and coverage. For the highest speed possible, ask the cable company about ways to boost your connection. A technician can install your cable modem or ask about a Do-It-Yourself installation kit.
A Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Internet connection operates through a telephone line. You will need to order a DSL modem from your phone company, which will operate through your existing phone line and jacks. DSL can reach speeds up to 20 Mbps. Although DSL operates over a phone line, you'll still be able to make calls while online. A technician can install your DSL modem or you can ask for instructions and install the modem yourself.
Your cell phone provider may offer wireless Internet which operates via cell phone towers. Such wireless Internet can have speeds up to 1.5 Mbps. These connections are delivered directly to your computer either through your cell phone or a PC card, which you insert into your computer. This type of wireless Internet is easy to set up and you can take your connection with you wherever you go within your cell phone coverage area.
You can receive satellite Internet no matter where you are in Shreveport, even in rural areas not covered by other types of connections. Satellite Internet companies send high-speed Internet signals from a satellite directly to your computer, just like television satellites beam signals to your TV. Satellite connections offer download speeds up to 400 kilobytes per second, which is slower than other connections. Your home or office must have an unobstructed view of the southern sky in order to receive the satellite's signal. A company technician will install a satellite dish wherever he can get the best signal strength, either attached to your building or freestanding in your yard.
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