Nowadays access to the internet is almost a necessity, but that doesn’t mean you can’t still make some choices with your internet provider. There are a number of different providers and many different plans. You just have to know what to look for.

In order to help you pick the best provider and plan for your needs, we have put together this guide, outlining your options in Carroll County.

The Big Guys

We wanted to start out our guide with the big named service providers. The companies that serve the entire country, and whose names you know.

Comcast Xfinity

Comcast has been around for a while now and is one of the largest communication companies in the world.

 

Xfinity offers a wide variety of internet options, ranging all the way from 15 to 2000 Mbps (Megabits) and from $49.99 to $299.99.

Verizon Fios

Verizon is another one of the giants. They offer a variety of different packages, mostly revolving around their high-speed fiber-optic network.

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Verizon’s plans start at 100 Mbps for $39.99 but scale up all the way to 940 Mbps for $79.99. Installation of Verizon’s fiber-optic network can be troublesome and may be a turn-off. Someone who is 18 will need to be present during the installation process, where parts of your yard may need to be dug up.

Some Local Flavor

Of course the big guys are well known for a reason, but sometimes giant corporations like Comcast or Verizon can be difficult to deal with. For that reason some prefer to work with a local internet service provider. Here are some of Carroll County’s best local internet providers.

Ting

Ting uses a fiber-optic network, much like Verizon’s, just not as large. Their network is only established in Westminster and other select cities across the United States and Canada.

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If you do live in Westminster, then Ting is an excellent choice for an internet service provider. Their most popular package includes 1000 Mbps download and upload speed and unlimited data for $89.99 a month. They also have a cheaper 10 Mbps for $29 per month option, and customizable business options.

Freedom Broadband

Now we’re getting into some different technologies. Freedom Broadband uses what many refer to as line-of-sight service. They place transmitters on either constructed towers or existing structures. These transmitters are great for rural areas or areas with underdeveloped network infrastructures.

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They offer several different pricing packages all the way from the basic package, 5Mbps downloading and 2Mbps uploading for $45, to the Essential Pro package, 25Mbps downloading and 10Mbps uploading for $145.

Quantum Internet and Telephone

Established in Manchester, MD in 1995, Quantum has been providing internet and telephone services for over 2 decades. They serve both residential and commercial buildings.

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Quantum has a variety of plans ranging from $34.95 for 3Mbps to $69.96 for 40Mbps. They also have many telephone bundle offers and different pricing for different download speeds. Check out their entire pricing guide on the Quantum Internet and Telephone website.

Keep Surfing the Net Carroll County

The internet is a wonderful tool at humanity’s disposable. It has linked us and brought us together like nothing has ever before. No matter what provider you have, enjoy the internet. Enjoy Netflix, and Facebook, and Amazon. The internet is for all people.