Is Your Business Being Offered Faster Internet Speeds? Read On Before Deciding…

We have all seen the offers to boost our internet speed for a special rate from our current Internet Service Provider (ISP) or a competitor. I see them in my inbox, in the mail and even by phone now. As an IT company, we have a 10 x 50 connection. We are in “the business”, so we should be leading the pack, right? I got a call from our ISP a few weeks ago and, for a 3 year contract, they would boost it to 20 x 75 at the click of a button on their end and would give us the same rate we are currently paying for the next year. After that, it goes to around $20 more a month. Overall, not a bad deal. I declined because it is as fast as we need. In fact, we don’t even need it to be 50mbps for downloads, but it does come in handy when downloading some DVD ISO’s for operating systems. With some things, you should only pay for what you need. The representative pushed a little more and I said that I was happy not being under contract with them, giving us the freedom to look elsewhere should the service decline. This reminded me of a few instances where clients have upgraded to a faster speed over the phone with their ISP for not much more than they are currently paying. The upgrade is usually a process that takes under 5 minutes with a modem reboot, so it is easy and usually not very invasive. However, do you know what your firewall can handle for bandwidth?...