When it comes to choosing your business Internet provider, there's no shortage of options out there, from large communications companies to small cable providers to discount startups. As a small business owner, you want the most reliable and fastest Internet service that your budget will allow. After all, communication is the foundation for good business, and in our digital world, high-speed access is critical for instant access to customers and suppliers.
But businesses today can barely keep up the explosion in demand in recent years for increased bandwidth. Employees now need the capability to work on multiple devices, in multiple locations, virtually 24/7. In fact, it's estimated that by 2022 there will be 3.6 networked devices/connections to the Internet for every human being on Earth (Cisco).
And because high-bandwidth applications such as HD video streaming and business apps are rapidly becoming the new business standard, it's important to keep an eye on what the major Internet Services Providers (ISPs) are offering in terms of new products and services. The fact is, Internet speeds that were acceptable for business just a few short years ago might not be the best option for you today.
But with so many players in the market, what should you look for when selecting the best Internet service provider in my area? What key features are the must-haves that will really make a difference to your bottom line today—and tomorrow?