If you’re looking for a broadband internet connection, you’re never had more choices. These include digital subscriber lines, cable modems, fiber optics and wireless solutions, satellite links and broadband-over-powerlines (BPL). While having choices is a good thing, so many options can feel overwhelming and prolong your decision.  

Choosing a Connection

Before you climb aboard the “broadband-wagon,” it’s a good idea to review the different broadband internet connections available.

Digital subscriber line (DSL). DSL uses already installed traditional copper telephone lines to transmit data. Prone to electrical interference and weather-based disruptions, DSL availability is limited by the distance to telephone facilities.

Cable modem. Piggybacking on your coaxial cable service for your TV, cable modem broadband usually makes use of a separate device to connect your computer to the internet. You can still watch cable TV when using the internet.

Fiber optics. Fiber optics replace traditional copper wires with hair-like strands of optical fiber that process light from a laser instead of electricity. The technology delivers a fast, reliable, and secure signal with none of the electromagnetic interference common with electrical current. It also transmits data much faster than current DSL or cable modem solutions.

Mobile or fixed wireless. Wireless broadband uses either cellular or fixed technologies to connect a home or business to the Internet. Many mobile players offer 5G wireless internet. Its faster speeds and capabilities position it as a legitimate alternative to DSL or cable modem connections.

Satellite. This solution beams data from satellites orbing the earth and is ideal for rural, hard-to-reach areas, but can be disrupted by weather events.

Broadband over Powerline (BPL). BPL is the delivery of broadband over the existing low- and medium-voltage electric power distribution network. BPL speeds are comparable to DSL and cable modem speeds. Benefits include its ability to use existing infrastructure and low cost, but it can suffer from electromagnetic interference.

Your Best Choice: Medina Fiber! 

Medina Fiber is the best broadband internet connection choice in Medina County for several reasons. It provides symmetrical uploads and downloads, which means you experience super-fast speeds both when up- and downloading data such as apps, games, Zoom meetings and the like. Many DSL and cable networks provide only asymmetrical service, with slower uploads, which translates into longer wait times. Uniquely, Medina Fiber offers fixed-rate pricing that won’t change through 2042 – where else can you get a deal like that in today’s inflationary times? Another benefit is unlimited data with no caps on how much you can stream, game, or browse.