Internet speed is often a matter of discussion among users. Many broadband providers boast about very fast speeds compared to their competition. Understanding the speed you need and how it pertains to your unique internet needs is a complex subject.. When it comes to some internet services, striking the right mix between reliable speeds and price can be difficult. The idea is to pick a package that provides the speed you need and falls within your budget.
Recognizing the sufficient internet speed for your household can be overwhelming. Vistabeam is here to provide you with all of the information you require regarding your internet connection speed and which of our plans would work best for you.
What Is Considered Fast?
According to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), high-speed broadband internet is 25 Mbps for downloads and 3 Mbps for uploads. While there is a range of internet service plans available with speeds up to 1,000 Mbps, the question remains as to how much bandwidth someone requires to browse the internet in their preferred manner.
Many people believe that to achieve everything they want to do digitally, they need to pay a lot of money for speeds upwards of 100Mbps. Constant marketing campaigns by major internet service providers attempt to persuade people that the only way to experience the internet on your own terms is to pay a premium fee for the fastest speeds.
However, don’t be so quick to upgrade immediately!
Online Activities and Recommended Speeds
Different digital activities necessitate different levels of speed to function properly. Sending and receiving email on any of your devices, for example, will require a lower internet speed, whereas streaming 4K quality video will require a considerably greater speed. Take a look at the list below to see the amount of speed each various internet activity requires.
|Activity||Usage Required||Recommended Speed|
|1 Mbps||1 Mbps|
|Web Browsing||3-5 Mbps||5-10 Mbps|
|SD Video Streaming||3-5 Mbps||5-10 Mbps|
|Social Media||3-5 Mbps||10 Mbps|
|Video Calls||3-5 Mbps||10-20 Mbps|
|HD Streaming||5-10 Mbps||10-20 Mbps|
|Online Gaming||3-6 Mbps||25-35 Mbps|
|4K Streaming||25 Mbps||35 Mbps|
|Home Security Devices||50 Mbps||50-75 Mbps|
|Numerous POS Transactions||75 Mbps||75-100 Mbps|
|Cloud Computing/Data Backups||150 Mbps||150-200 Mbps|
|Server Hosting||250 Mbps||250-300 Mbps|
|Multiple Server Hosting/ Constant cloud-based computing/ Heavy Online Backups||500 Mbps||500 Mbps|
|Extreme-speed operating for enterprise-ready offices with near-zero interruptions||1000 Mbps||1000 Mbps|
Evaluate Your Needs
While it seems like a universal speed works for all internet users, this is not the case. Every internet-connected household is unique based on the number of users and gadgets.
The data above clearly demonstrates that there is no pressing need to have the fastest internet connection with the highest price tag. The table above depicts the speeds at which most internet usage runs smoothly. Most of the time, the average internet user does not require high speeds advertised by internet service providers.
As a result, paying hundreds of dollars a month for super-fast internet could be a waste of money. Understanding your objectives, devices, and requirements will help you determine how much speed you require to get unrestricted access to everything the internet has to offer.
What Does Vistabeam Provide, and at What Price?
Vistabeam provides four levels of residential packages and seven levels of business packages. We have a plan available for households and businesses of varying sizes to meet their different needs.
- Value: At $47.95 per month, customers can expect 15-25 Mbps speeds.
If you’re a household of up to 2 and looking for casual web browsing, emails, social media, streaming SD video and music, this is the ideal plan.
- Fast: At $59.95 per month, customers can expect speeds between 35-50 Mbps.
For households up to 3 looking to stream HD and 4K video, music, gaming, and do light work from home, this could be the plan for you.
- Max: At $79.95 per month, customers can expect 70 Mbps or faster speeds.
If you’re a household of 4 and looking to stream 4K videos, music, gaming, work from home, and use home security and smart home devices, like TVs, consider our Max plan.
Vistabeam offers business-class internet connections from basic commercial to enterprise-wide deployments so you can connect your office or your branches with dedicated, scalable bandwidth. For our business plans, we deliver equal download and upload speeds between 20 Mbps to 1000 Mbps. Our extensive experience with a variety of commercial projects enables us to set up a system for you that caters to your needs.
Vistabeam makes it simple to get the right internet plan for you. Our goal is to narrow the digital gap in internet access for rural households and businesses. With unlimited data, no contracts for residential users, and a better-than-money-back guarantee, we make internet access simple.
If you are ready to have internet access that you control on your terms, look no further than Vistabeam and sign up today.
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