In the market from some high-speed Internet? You will no doubt need to select how high the high-speed Internet should be. Fortunately the providers are here to help with some useful feature matrices:
Wide Open West:
There are two problems with all this:
- The recommendations are completely crap
- They rarely give you information on what actually matters: your upstream—how fast you can send stuff:
Props to Wide Open West for providing that information in the initial graphic, though their recommendation that 15mbps is needed for gaming is silly.
The sad fact is that even if you pay for ridiculous internet like Time Warner’s best offer, or the other vendors top choices, your upload is still far, far slower. This matters because sending content goes at the slower upload speed.
I would rather pay $10 to improve my upload speed from 1 to 2 mbps than improve my download speed from 6 to 12 mbps.
I appreciate that vendors are trying to make this stuff easier to buy—that’s great, this stuff is confusing. My objection is that for today’s internet, “Basic”, “Pro” or anything around 5mbps is far and away sufficient for most people. The average live Hulu stream is under 1.5mbps. The average website is plenty fast on the smallest connection you can buy. Vendors are not doing a good job justifying the upsell with any honesty.
I personally have a 6mbps line and find it more than adequate. If I can surf, stream Hulu, and blog while Sarah uploads all those pictures, I think six ought to be enough for most people.