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How much speed you need depends on your answers

Internet Connections

Questions to AskWhen

Picking an Internet Plan

T

here’s no single “best speed” when

it comes to internet service, which

is why choosing a plan can be confusing.

The speeds that work fine for your

neighbor might not be even close to what

your household needs, since there are

many factors to consider and differences

in how people use the internet.

Before we get to the questions, let’s

review the meaning of bandwidth

and how it relates to internet speed.

Bandwidth refers to the amount of

data that can be transferred over an

internet connection per second. It’s

usually measured in Mbps (megabits

per second), and every internet plan

has a specified maximum bandwidth,

such as 50 Mbps or 200 Mbps. This

bandwidth is shared by all the users

and connected devices in a household.

It may be helpful to think of bandwidth

as a highway with vehicles traveling on

it; the highway is the internet connection

and the vehicles are the data. The

wider the highway, the more vehicles

can travel on it at one time and the

faster they get to their destinations. The

same principle applies to data—the

more bandwidth, the more information

that can be transferred within a given

amount of time.

To help you figure out the best internet

plan for you, answer these questions:

What are your current download and

upload speeds?

Download speed is the speed at which

Test your download and

upload speed at

www.speedtest.net.