When the Internet first appeared, we were all using dial-up connections. These connections didn’t work very well, but they were better than nothing. Over the past few years, however, Internet connections have greatly improved. Today, dial-up has been replaced by much faster more reliable connections like cable and DSL.

These days, most Americans connect to the Internet using cable or DSL. These connections are popular for several reasons. First, they are lightning fast. When it comes to the Internet there is nothing more important than speed. The speed of a connection actually refers to two speeds: upload and download. Upload speeds refer to how fast you can transmit information from your laptop or PC to the Internet. When conducting business, for example, whether you are banking online or trading emails with your associates halfway around the world, a good upload speed is essential. Download speed refers to how fast you can get information from the Internet to your laptop or PC. If you are downloading music or movies, then you want a high download speed. These types of files can be enormous and if you don’t have good speed they can take hours or even days to download.

In addition to the speed that cable and DSL connections can provide, the companies who offer these types of connections also offer incredible service. When you order one of these types of connections these companies will send a trained technician to handle the installation, often free of charge, so you don’t have to concern yourself with a complicated set up. Furthermore, once these connections are installed, they rarely fail. However, in the event that there is a problem with your connection, these companies have 24-hour customer representatives that are always ready to help you.

The last reason why DSL and cable connections are so popular is because they are available in all major cities around the country. If you live in or near a major city, as most of us do, then you can easily take advantage of these great connections.

But what should you do if you don’t live in an area where cable and DSL are offered? During the past few years, everyone who couldn’t connect to the Internet using one of these services was forced to use a slow dial-up connection. But this is no longer the case thanks to a new breakthrough called satellite Internet.

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