Choosing the Right ISP for your Needs

Obviously the choice you have for your internet connection varies depending on numerous factors. In many areas especially in the remoter regions there is little to no option available, so you’re left to take whatever you can. However fortunately in most areas at least of the more developed nations there’s a decent choice of both Internet service providers but also individual plans that they offer.

If you live in a large city in somewhere like the US or the United Kingdom you’ll have the benefit of lots of different options, speeds and prices to choose from. The more competition there is the better the options are likely to be although, being in a rural remote area will also impact this factor significantly.

So if the range is largely dependent on your location then you’d think choosing the right plan would then be fairly straightforward. After all if you can check things like price and speed then it would appear fairly easy to compare and choose the best ones. However this is not always the case and often the consumer will only see a proportion of the available internet plans. This sounds strange but the reality is that most ISPs have two distinct sales departments one for home customers and another for businesses. What’s more these departments will also have two separate offerings as far as internet plans go one for business and one for the home users. However in most cases there’s no issue about which plans you choose whether you have a trading company or not.

Now business plans will for the most part be more expensive than ordinary residential plans. However there is a reason for this and that’s mainly because you’ll find better speeds, lower contention and much more responsive support. You might see similar speeds promised across different plans but usually these will be figures that promise speeds – ‘up to’ a specified range. In reality the business users will consistently see much higher speeds than the residential users simply because less people will be using the same lines.

Remember you don’t need to run a business to invest in a business plan, and sometimes although they look more costly they can often be much better value than the residential offerings. Of course many people now often run part time businesses too, perhaps running a YouTube channel or buying and selling on eBay, Gumtree or Amazon. This may be an even bigger incentive to invest in one of the better business subscriptions to ensure that you maintain access to the internet on a consistent basis.

There are other things to consider though especially if you run some sort of business on the side. One of the considerations is something that many people don;t even consider and that’s the classification of your IP address. With some ISP plans this classification changes depending on which plan you use, so the business customers have business IP addresses and the home users residential ones. This can possibly be important as in some areas, access from a commercial IP address is restricted. For example the media giant Netflix blocks access from any business registered IP addresses in order to block people circumventing their geo-restrictions. You can learn a little bit more about the differences between residential and commercial IP addresses in this site – http://residentialip.net/ and there are many other resources too.

THe issues is that business plans although often faster are focused more on workplace and web hosting. So although speeds can be better there’s often less flexibility for ‘normal web browsing’ mainly because of the commercial IP address.

Further Reading: Using Residential Proxies