ISP - How to
Choose an Internet Service Provider
Internet Service Provider (ISP) is a company that provides access
to the Internet. ISPs may also offer other services such as Web
hosting, Web development and leased lines. These additional services
are often referred to as value-added services (VAS).
choosing an ISP, it is important to assess your company's business
and marketing goals. In other words, you should determine what your
organization will be using the Internet for. Once you've determined
this, you can contact ISPs that serve your geographic area and ask
them about their services.
first thing that you should determine is which type of connection
will best serve your company's needs. For more information on connection
types, visit ebiz.enable's Getting Connected section in our Technology
are some questions that you may wish to ask when choosing an ISP
for Internet connection:
types of connections are available in your geographic area? (dial-up,
ADSL, cable, etc...)
What equipment (hardware) is necessary to establish a connection?
(dial-up modem, cable modem, etc...)
Does the ISP provide installation software?
What kind of technical support can you expect?
What additional perks are offered with each package? (Web space,
additional e-mail accounts, etc.)
the dial-up number billed as a local call?
Does the ISP provide alternate local dial-up numbers? How many?
Is remote service available? (regional, national, international)
type of connection speed can you expect?
How often can you expect busy signals?
What is the service's expected uptime?
payment options are available?
Is there an initial connection fee?
Can the type of connection be changed without penalty?
How will your connection time be charged?
Are there any other possible charges?
my opinion, the above questions can only be answered by trying the
service yourself. You cano request a trial period from an ISP so
that you can evaluate its performance before signing on with them.