Top Reasons Why You Should Opt for a Smaller Internet Service Provider

Everyone says “bigger is better,” but it seems that the world could do a lot of good with things that are smaller in size. Just ask this year’s Superbowl champions the Seattle Seahawks, whose city is still reeling with excitement from the team’s landslide win. The team was led by one of the league’s smallest quarterbacks Russell Wilson, who is now being touted as the league’s most valuable player of the year.

Also, remember the 2011 Smartcar commercial that took a creative spin on the whole “big” phenomenon? In the bit, there are reporters, press, newsmen and even a pop diva all saying “Big” in various situations, with one individual finally saying “small” as a way to shift focus not to the size of something but the value of which it offers the user (click here to watch for yourself).

These guys have a good point: sometimes, smaller can be better. We believe this point also applies to the Internet service provider (ISP) you entrust, too. In fact, here are three reasons why you should consider a smaller ISP before falling into the “big” hype:

  1. 100 Percent Customizability: You’ll never have to settle for cookie-cutter commercial IP services or network connectivity plans with a smaller ISP.
  2. A True Partnership: For a larger service provider with customers in the thousands, you may feel like just a number. This will never be the case with a smaller provider, who can offer a more intimate, personalized relationship.
  3. Better Cost Savings Opportunities: A more customizable solution means pricing that is custom-tailored to meet your business’ exact needs.

Sure, there’s something appealing about going with the larger guy who has a more renowned name, but that doesn’t necessarily speak to the value that is being brought to the table. Click here to learn more about the high speed Internet benefits that a smaller provider can offer you. 

FCC Shells Out $2 Billion for High-Speed Schools in the U.S.

The U.S. has been picking up slack in the race for high speed Internet, where President Obama even vowed to make high speed service available at a more affordable price point in 2014. The high speed Internet crisis is a serious one for the country. In fact, the U.S. currently ranks 35th out of 148 countries in Internet bandwidth, according to the World Economic Forum.

So, what better way to ramp up Internet service in the States than by starting with the school system? The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently revealed that it will be doubling its investment in high speed Internet within the U.S. education system, going so far as to pledge an additional $2 billion over the next two years specifically to improve broadband networks in schools and libraries.

For the U.S., this is a wise investment indeed. In fact, a recent Pew study revealed that teachers of the lowest-income students are more than twice as likely as teachers of the highest income-students to say that students’ lack of Internet access is a “major challenge.”

According to the FCC, nearly all U.S. schools have access to basic Internet; however, the speed and quality of that service can vary drastically. This new initiative aims to connect 20 million students within 15,000 schools across the country.

And this isn’t all that the FCC has been doing lately. The commission is also knee-deep in a new initiative to begin embracing fiber networks as opposed to using “the nation’s traditional copper infrastructure,” according to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler in a November 2013 blog on the FCC’s official website.

What do you think of the FCC’s latest commitments to heighten the United States’ digital stature?