A Breakdown of Houston Internet Providers
Living in Houston, Texas affords a variety of choice in Internet service providers. Options can include wireless Internet, DSL, or cable, and can be packaged with television as well as telephone service, depending on your service provider and area. While wireless Internet choices are not limited by access, wired Internet solutions will be limited by service areas, of which there are many.
Wireless Internet does not refer to in-home WiFi, but rather the wireless networks used by cellphones. Connectivity can drop off quickly as you move outside the city in some areas, so signal strength can be an important factor in choosing a wireless Internet provider. Another consideration for wireless Internet is the amount of use it will get. If you intend to watch videos or download large files, you will quickly run out of bandwidth and the expense can quickly climb, so an unlimited wired connection is more appropriate for intensive usage. Wireless Internet is available through Clear Wireless, AT&T Wireless, and T-Mobile, and their coverage areas are complete though-out the Greater Houston area.
Wired Internet solutions are available through AT&T and Comcast. Cable and DSL differ from one another in one significant manner that is important to consider when choosing your service provider, and that difference can affect your real-world Internet speeds. Cable Internet service runs from homes in an area to a local node. The speed available at that node is subdivided among all the homes connected to it, so that during high-usage times the speed you experience may drop. DSL, on the other hand, does not use this node system and instead guarantees an agreed-upon speed. Another factor which will impact your choice of Internet service providers will be the service area in which you live. Neighborhoods and apartment complexes are served in blocks by providers, and therefore the place you choose to live will determine what service is available to you.
Cable Internet is available through Comcast’s XFINITY service, which can be packaged with cable television or purchased solely. DSL internet is available through AT&T, as well as their Houston AT&T U-verse service, which can be packaged with television and telephone service as well.