If you’re paying too much for internet service, there are a few easy ways to lower your cable bill. Cable bills never seem to get less expensive. Instead, they normally jump $5 or $10 or with a good reason. Those small increases can really hurt you badly in the long run. But you can take control of your budget and your cable bill.
One of the ways that I was able to save on my cable/ internet bill when I had it was to buy your own modem. If you have cable internet, you probably rent your modem from your service provider for a monthly fee on top of your internet plan—usually $10-$15 a month (that’s $120-$180 a year!). Most internet modems cost $100 or less (excluding the DOCSIS 3.1 options), so if you’re paying $10 a month to rent your modem, you’ll make back your investment in less than a year. Below is a chart of some popular modems, however; before you purchase a modem I am recommending that you check with your internet service provider to ensure equipment compatibility. (The links below the chart for more information for each modem).
The internet for dummies:
-Downstream is information you receive
-Upstream is information you send
Having more channels downstream than upstream means that your modem is geared towards giving you download speeds that are higher than your upload speeds.
DOCSIS- Docsis is the technology that allows you to connect to the internet over cable wires from your ISP. You only need to worry about this if you have cable internet.
The FCC currently defines a “broadband” internet connection as one that provides at least 25 Mbps for download speed and 3 Mbps for upload. This is a decent benchmark for the average family of three.
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