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How to Evaluate an ISP

Not all Internet service providers are created equal. Some provide faster service, some charge a lower price, some offer additional features, and some come with excellent technical support. When it comes time to choose an ISP—or to switch from your existing one—you have to consider a variety of factors, and make the best choice for your particular needs.

Searching for ISPs on the Web

There are several sites on the Web dedicated to listing or helping you evaluate different ISPs. Here are some of the best sites to use:

  • CNET Web Services (www.webisplist.com), which provides listings of ISPs along with a variety of reference, how-to, and support information.

  • ISP Finder (www.ispfinder.com), with more than 3,300 ISPs listed and rated.

  • ISPs.com (www.isps.com), which not only lets you search for ISPs by price, area code, and name, but also provides much useful information to help you make your choice.

  • The List (thelist.internet.com), which compares and ranks almost 10,000 ISPs—the biggest list of ISPs on the Internet.

These sites also list a variety of other Internet-related services and companies, including Web site hosting services, Web site designers, and application service providers (ASPs). (To learn more about Web site hosting, see Chapter 39, “Web Site and Domain Name Hosting.”)



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