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For consumers searching attempting to improve Internet speed, the Internet service provider (ISP) market can be quite confusing. The first step to faster broadband speeds, however, is to learn as much as possible about the service you already have. Who is your ISP? Where is their nearest service tower? What kinds of plans do they sell, and which one are you subscribed to? Too often, we sign up under promotional offers from ISPs. These services frequently change drastically in price and speed after the promotional period ends. Contact your ISP to obtain the conditions of your monthly plan--are your download and upload speeds consistent with your plan's promised rates? If not, you may have grounds for a complaint to your service provider. Some areas may receive differing levels of coverage from many different ISPs, however, so be sure to investigate your options. You may be in a "dead spot" with your current ISP, at which point they often try to sell a variety of upgrades to boost your connection speed. Check with other ISPs in the area to see if they can improve Internet speed without extra add-ons.

Basic maintenance operations on your PC can also improve Internet speed and overall broadband signal quality. Though your Internet speed is primarily determined by your network (how your computer connects to the Internet) as well as your ISP's service plan, your personal files can also contribute to speed problems if left unchecked. Regular virus and malware scans should be a priority. If you do not presently have anti-virus or malware-searching programs on your computer, there are several programs available for free online. In many cases, you may also pay a subscription fee to an anti-virus software company for more complete protection. The software then allows you to schedule full system virus and malware scans at your leisure. Disk defragmentation is another essential aspect of regular computer maintenance. Over time, your computer system "fragments" as files are moved, copied, deleted, and re-written. "Holes" are left behind, and this can result in noticeable drops in intra-system function, such as when you click on a program or file to open it. By regularly using the disk defragmentation utility, you can compress these gaps in your computer system to improve Internet speed.

You may also wish to check with your ISP to make certain that both your router and modem are working properly. The broadband modem is what connects your computer to the Internet, while your router allows your computer to connect to any other computers in your network, as well as the modem itself. Occasionally, a power outage or disruption in the ISPs service can cause your modem or router to inadvertently change their settings. If you suspect this may be the case, contact your ISP immediately.

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For consumers searching attempting to improve Internet speed, the Internet service provider (ISP) market can be quite confusing. The first step to faster broadband speeds, however, is to learn as much as possible about the service you already have. Who is your ISP? Where is their nearest service...

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