I would not argue otherwise. But it is expensive and there are ways to reduce it’s cost.
According to Ask.com, the average cost of a household’s internet service in January of 2013 was $50 per month. That cost has risen steadily over the last ten years from around $25 per month. At the same time, not only have you gotten nothing more for your money, but looming changes with FCC regulations (in the United States) thanks to the Verizon v. FCC Federal Court case, means that your internet service could soon be getting worse.
And it is guaranteed that with the downgrade in service, you will not get price relief.
Fifty Dollars a Month
Fifty dollars a month means you are spending $600 a year to bring the web into your home. You owe it to yourself to trim that expense as much as you can. While you don’t have a huge number of ways to do that, there are some.
Most internet service provider’s (ISP for short) offers a number of different performance levels. The faster the speed you contract for with your ISP, the higher will be the price. For example, AT&T offers DSL tiered pricing of $35, $40 and $45 per month, all depending on how fast you want your internet to operate.
Change to a Less Costly Plan
If you don’t need hugely fast download speed, there is no point paying for it. Check to see what your speed currently is. If you are an average user, with no high speed requirements, change to a lower performance level.
It may surprise you to know (it certainly came as a shock to me) that you can still purchase dial-up internet. Dial-up was that first really, really slow internet connection that you accessed directly from your phone line and that took forever to do anything.
If you don’t mind waiting a while for your page to turn over, NetZero, Juno and EarthLink still offer dial-up service for $10 to $12.50 per month. A change to dial-up would certainly reduce the cost of your internet service.
Piggyback Service With Your Neighbor
Another surprise, and one your ISP is not going to tell you, it is legal to share your wireless internet service with your neighbor, if you have their permission. You should be right next door so that a strong signal gets to your house. If you can piggyback your neighbor’s service, then shut your service off and pay for half of theirs.
Bundling services can also reduce your costs. Many companies will offer you reduced cost internet service if you add that service to their cable TV and phone offerings. The problem with this option is that you may have already taken our advice to drop your cable service and should be considering your landline phone to be a costly relic from the past.
Haggle With Your ISP
You should call your existing ISP and see what deals they are offering existing customers. Often you can haggle with them to reduce your monthly fee rather than losing a customer. If you are the demographic that the cable company wants, it is more cost effective for them to reduce your fee rather than to try to find a customer to replace you.
When you call, as with any good negotiation, you should know the rates and offerings of the competition. This process will let you know where you can save money and if your ISP refuses to reduce their rates, you can simply change service providers.
There is a great website for comparison shopping your internet charges, Connect My High Speed.
If your internet needs are really limited, you can always use the plan that came with your cell phone. Personally both the type and the keyboard are too small for me, but some people can do this successfully.
Internet Service Providers consistently rank among the lowest in term of customer service. They recognize their (depending on where you live) monopoly power and do all they can to exploit it. You should fight back by cutting the cost of your internet service as much as you can.