Cable ONE Business Internet Access, All Industries
Internet Access Options for Your Industry
Healthcare. Education. Retail. Hospitality. Finance. No matter which industry you are in, you need the best possible high-speed business Internet service you can get. You need a business partner that understands your company's unique needs—whether you're a baker or a banker. But first, you'll need to gather some intel about what you need from business Internet service such as:
- How much bandwidth do I truly need?
- Do I need Dedicated Internet Access with symmetrical service over fiber?
- Do I need a managed wireless network for my employees and/or customers?
Determining Your Business's Internet Needs
Before you get started, you might want to test your current Internet speed—which you can quickly do at business.cableone.net/speedtest. For best results, perform your speed test from a wired connection. Once you know what speed you've already got, you can begin the process of determining the service you'll need to meet your needs—today and tomorrow.
Internet Connection Types
One of the choices you'll have to make is which type of business Internet connection is right for your organization. Your options may vary depending on where your company is located—urban areas have more options than rural areas.
In general, you can choose from:
- DSL: Provided by a phone company, this service is delivered through regular telephone lines. Speeds can be as fast as 100 Mbps in some areas. Phone Company DSL is generally limited by proximity to the service with typical download speeds in the 1.5 to 40 Mbps range.
- Cable Broadband: Provided by a cable company, this service is delivered through the same coaxial cables that carry cable television service. Cable broadband speeds can be as fast as 500 Mbps. View Cable ONE Business speeds that may be available in your area.
- Satellite Internet: This service is delivered directly from a satellite to any location, anywhere. Although the speeds are slower than all the other options, it is an ideal choice for businesses located in areas without other types of service. Satellite Internet is generally more expensive with data caps and has limitations during inclement weather.
- Fiber Ethernet: This is currently the fastest type of business Internet service, with speeds typically in the 10 Mbps to 10 Gbps range. Monthly business fiber Dedicated Internet Access or Ethernet pricing is usually a bit higher than other options—but while initial costs can be high, the speeds are obviously much faster. Learn more about Cable ONE Business Dedicated Internet Access.
Speed and Bandwidth Needs
You should base your speed and bandwidth needs not only on the number of employees at your location but also on the types of services you use. Businesses that use cloud-based applications like NetSuite, QuickBooks, Salesforce, Office 365, Dropbox, or Google Drive likely have higher bandwidth needs than those with a few employees, who use the Internet for basic email connectivity.
A company with three employees will have different Internet needs than a company with 50 employees, particularly when you factor in mobile device usage.
Be sure to consider how much Wi-Fi access you'll need to connect smartphones and tablets when you're determining which business Internet service you need, or if you'll need a public and private Wi-Fi connection, for employees or customers.
Uploads and Downloads
You should also consider how your team uses the Internet. If you transfer a lot of files outside your office, you'll want to think about your business Internet service's upload speeds—you may benefit from symmetrical service with upload speeds as fast as the download speeds available with fiber-based Dedicated Internet Access.
While you're doing research into business Internet service options, be sure to take a look at the customer service and support the provider offers — you'll want to be able to resolve issues as quickly as possible. For example, Cable ONE Business provides our customers with 24/7 business-grade support services — often with same-day resolution in under four hours — to keep businesses up and running.
Take the time to research the additional costs. Find out how much the provider's installation and setup charges are, and whether there are additional charges for the hardware you'll need to power your service.
Business Internet Bundles
Business Internet service providers may be able to save you money by purchasing a bundle of services packaged together on one bill—these may include Internet, phone, and/or cable TV. And you may be able to lock in even more savings by agreeing to a long-term contract that enables you to predict and budget for these costs with the added benefit of only having one provider to pay.
You'll also want a provider that can provide a flexible, scalable plan that enables your business to easily upgrade service as you grow. So look into not only the plan you need today but whether the provider also offers the kinds of plans you'll need in the future.
Cable ONE Business is the business partner you need to help you find the right balance of bandwidth, price, and scalability. Contact us today at 844.843.9804 to learn more about our business Internet service plans.