All internet is not created equal, there are many factors that affect the speed of your internet connection. The most important factor is the type of connection you have. Fiber internet is typically the fastest and most reliable type of connection, but it also comes with a higher price tag.

Cheap internet might seem like a good idea at first, but there are many red flags to watch out for when signing up for cheap internet service. You should always read the contract carefully before signing up for any service and make sure you know what you’re getting into before committing to anything.

One of the biggest red flags to look out for is that maximum speed claims are not always accurate. The actual speed of the internet can be much lower than what you are paying for. This is because the maximum speed claim is based on the fastest possible connection, and not on what most people have access to. 

Make sure to check the internet speed that your provider sold you and make sure it is not under what they claimed. Your test should be within 5 Mbps of what your internet provider has claimed.

Also, many providers typically throttle or limit your usage.  If you reach the limits they will severely throttle your usage and worse they may even charge you for going over the “limit”.

Another common red flag to look out for is huge installation and signing fees. The internet might seem cheap until you have to actually pay the initial bill and the hidden fees show up that you were not aware of.

Many internet providers will make you sign a contract for a period of time, instead look for a provider that will guarantee their prices for a certain period of time. Internet providers that make you sign a contract are likely aware that their service is not high quality. Providers that do not require contracts have trust in their service to be the best available, and that is what you want.