We Help You Find Providers In Your Zip Code
There are literally thousands of internet service providers in the United States, and finding all of the providers offering internet service in your zip code can be a challenge. Some of them are pretty small and hard to find. Some small ISPs don’t even have usable websites. This is why we built our free internet service provider availability search to help you find every residential internet provider in the USA. Whether you're looking for a faster internet speed, interested in switching internet providers, or you're moving into a new home, our provider zip code availability database is an excellent tool for quickly narrowing down which local internet providers offer services in your zip code. InternetbyZip.com is an independent, unbiased resource that assists you in finding local high-speed broadband services and making informed decisions about which provider and service best suits your home, your budget, and your life.
Who Needs Internet Service?
Almost everyone. In fact, you’re using the internet right now. Internet service is no longer a novelty or a mere convenience. Access to the internet has become an integral part of most people’s lives. Our jobs and education increasingly depend on affordable, reliable internet access. You can certainly live without internet access, but an increasing number of essential daily tasks and activities rely on being connected to the internet in some way.
What Kind Of Internet Service Can You Get?
This is where things can get tricky because the answer depends almost entirely on the location of your home. These days, many consumers like to research products and services before they buy. That makes a lot of sense. Not only do you benefit from being better informed about what you're buying, but you're also more likely to be a satisfied customer. It's exactly the same when you shop for internet service online. Our zip code search tool lets you view the providers and service types available in your area so you can compare prices, features, and speeds. Once you have your list of available providers in your zip code, you’re ready to start comparing. Here are a few tips you might want to consider while exploring internet service packages:
- What is your budget?
- How many devices/users will be on your internet connection?
- Would you rather buy your own connection hardware such as a modem/router, or lease it from the provider?
- Streaming and gaming require faster connections versus a household that just uses internet for email and social media, be sure you pick a plan that works for your intended use.
What Internet Speed Should You Get?
Remember that faster isn't always better. Not every household needs a super-fast internet connection. If you aren't a heavy internet user, or if you don't usually stream movies, music, videos, or play games online, you may benefit from a slower connection. Slower speeds usually mean lower prices, so consider what your internet connection is going to to be used for and buy an internet service package accordingly. It could be easier on your wallet. You should also remember that upload speeds make a difference. When choosing the best internet service plan for your needs, don't neglect to educate yourself about upload speeds. Upload speeds are the rate at which your internet connection transfers data from your computer or another device to the internet. An upload speed that's too low for some applications such as video conferencing or online gaming could result in lagging, buffering and glitching. Knowing what you will be using your internet connection for can help you select the plan best suited for your online experience.
Things To Consider When Comparing Internet Services:
Don't get surprised by price increases, installation costs, hidden fees or equipment charges that aren't clearly spelled out by a provider. Here are some typical “fine print” situations ISPs sometimes use that could end up costing you extra if you’re caught unaware:
- Contracts: Is there a minimum term contract with the service? If so, how long is the contract for, and is there an early termination fee? Try to find a plan that doesn't lock you into a contract if possible.
- Data Caps: A data cap is a limit that the Internet Service Provider places on your connection that governs how much data you can consume. Typically, this amount is measured in Mbps (Megabits Per Second), GB (Gigabytes), or TB (Terabytes) and accrues over the course of one month. Going over your monthly allowance can result in overage fees or a slower internet connection. Look for plans that don't have a data cap.
- Equipment Charges: Some ISPs require their subscribers to rent equipment such as a modem and wireless router. Others include the equipment in your monthly plan price. Frequently, service providers will allow their customers to provide their own cable modem and/or router to save money on equipment fees. Find out if there is an extra cost for the equipment. In some cases, it's cheaper to purchase your own modem/router rather than it is to use the one provided by your ISP.
- Introductory Offers: Is the listed price the actual cost of the service package? If the listed price is actually a new customer or introductory rate, when will it increase, and how much? Avoid offers that might end up costing you a lot more money after the introductory rate ends.
- Avoid The Upsell: When you're better informed about what kind of internet service plan you need, you're less likely to be tempted to upgrade to a more expensive plan with features you just don't need when you’re in the process of ordering.
Learn About Types Of High-Speed Internet:
We offer quick guides that talk about each kind of internet service type because we are dedicated to helping you learn more about how they work, the speeds each type of service can typically achieve, and which online activities you will be able to perform. We also discuss the pros and cons of each type of service so you can choose the best internet service for your home:
General Internet Service Questions & Answers:
- 500Kbps is the minimum broadband connection speed required to connect to Netflix or similar streaming services, although this speed is unlikely to provide a quality viewing experience.
- 1.5 Mbps is the recommended minimum broadband connection speed to stream videos but isn't ideal for image quality or video buffering.
- 3 Mbps is the minimum recommended speed for standard definition (SD) streaming quality.
- 5 Mbps is the minimum speed recommended for viewing high definition (HD) quality streaming video.
- 25 Mbps is the minimum recommended connection speed for ultra high definition (Ultra HD) quality video streaming.