With Internet service providers offering free and low-cost dialup Internet access plans, it’s hard to justify the cost of broadband Internet access. After all, your costs could go from zero to well over fifty dollars a month when you switch from a free dialup plan to broadband. Is the upgrade worth the price?
Value For Money?
If you take full advantage of broadband and its capabilities, or even if you tap into some of the more powerful options, you could find that broadband Internet access quickly pays for itself. Most consumers can expect to pay about $500 for a year’s worth of broadband Internet access. Once connected, these same consumers can tap into potential savings of nearly $9,000.
Saving Money With Broadband
According to a recent report, the Next-Generation Networks and Top 10 Consumer Savings Now, entertainment is one of the biggest areas where you can save money with broadband. The report suggests potential savings of about $2500 in entertainment alone. Depending on your preferences and hardware, you could even eliminate your monthly cable service by watching television and movies online.
Streaming Entertainment Media
There are many different HD quality streaming movie and TV services available. Your local cable provider with their movies on demand service is certainly one good option. However, fast download speeds up to 16GB provide a multitude of other streaming entertainment options.
Amazon is one provide that offers digital entertainment en masse. Instead of buying music albums filled with a couple of good singles and then the rest of the tracks acting as low quality filler, consumers can now purchase and download single MP3 music tracks of their choice and save money on the price difference. Similarly, movies can be downloaded shortly after release in the movie theatre in streaming special events (to promote the service).
The major music labels and Hollywood film companies now offer their own streaming services, and have also partnered up with Apple to provide media for mobile platforms too.
Fast Connectivity Needed For Business
Not only does broadband offer significant savings opportunities, many people earn their livings completely online. For example, freelance graphic designers and writers often rely on high speed Internet access to run their businesses.
Good Reasons For High Speed Broadband
Why go with more expensive broadband when you could continue using dialup access and potentially receive similar results? While it’s true that you can use online banking (and slash your postage expenses) with basic dialup Internet access, broadband’s speed and capabilities open up a whole new world of surfing the Web. Instant streaming movies and videos and photo-heavy sites that load in a blink of the eye make the Internet much more engaging and relevant. Where dialup surfing can be slow and tedious, broadband Internet access is fun and engaging.
With broadband Internet access it’s possible to have more fun, reduce costs significantly, and explore new ways to earn money. Is it worth paying more for? Give high speed Internet access a try and you may find out that it is well worth the premium.
Celeste Stewart questions whether broadband internet from providers like be broadband is worth the money and concludes that it is.
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