Options While You Wait: Fiber Internet Follow-Up

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In an earlier post, we talked about Austin fiber Internet service: Why it’s something that you’re probably hearing about everywhere lately, and how fiber service is likely coming soon to a neighborhood near you. The next logical question is what should users in Austin be doing right now for Internet service.

In Austin here and now, you have a couple options:

Check if any ISPs have fiber Internet service in your area already.

While much of the fiber hype right now is around Google Fiber—which, at present, is only offered for sign up in a limited number of Austin neighborhoods—most major Internet providers offer some kind of fiber service, especially in dense office buildings.  (IT Freedom partners with several of the largest providers in Austin for these types of offerings, so drop us a line and can do the legwork for you.)

Go with an “older school” type of Internet connection like a cable modem or DSL.

Some of this technology is on its way out and these services are likely to be slower and less reliable than fiber service. Still, if you aren’t in an area that can get fiber service yet, or if the price is too steep, there are viable options especially for smaller businesses and home users.

As you’ve probably experienced, the number of different providers and options out there can be dizzying.  We’ve had a number of small businesses without in-house technical staff come to us after attempting to sort out the different services and providers on their own—the experience of identifying and dealing with a number of different salespeople all using their best marketing lingo and technical jargon to sell their own service as “The Solution” was always painful at best.

Fortunately, since we deal with these questions for small businesses on a daily basis, we were able to sort out optimum solutions for each business without much trouble.  If you find yourself overwhelmed, there are a few important things to consider:

We hope these tips help you successfully navigate the Internet services market in Austin and elsewhere.  IT Freedom always stands ready with no-obligation initial consultations—if you’d rather let IT professionals cut through the jargon to keep your focus on your business, reach out to us.


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