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Best High-speed Internet Provider Where You Live

To locate and identify what types of Internet services are available where you live, what they cost, and what people are saying about them (user reviews) — a service locator is a good place to start: such as the one at the very useful website, Broadband/DSL Reports. (No. It is not just for DSL.) Simply click on the “find service” tab, and enter your ZIP code.

If upgrading to a faster type of connection simply is not possible where you live, you may be able to “tweak” your TCP/IP Settings for slightly better performance. This involves changing things in the Windows Registry, and so I recommend that you use a safe tool to try this (if you try it at all), and one of the best of these can be found on the “Tools” page at DSL Reports. Use the tools there to determine if there are any problems with your settings, and follow the recommendations (particularly, “Tweak Test”). Then download Dr. TCP and make the adjustments recommended by the Tweak Test tool to “optimize” your connection. Run another speed test or two (or three). If there’s no improvement, use Dr. TCP to revert to your previous settings.

Of Interest: Get It While You Can – Microsoft Office Starter 2010

Typically when you buy a computer these days, you will see Microsoft Office Starter 2010 included in the deal. Microsoft Office Starter 2010 includes Microsoft Word and Microsoft Excel, with limited functionality and is ad supported. Recently, on the blogging circuit, I noticed that it was discovered that Microsoft Office Starter 2010 could in fact […]” Read more..

Today’s quote:A person who is nice to you, but rude to the waiter, is not a nice person.” ~ Dave Barry

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December 16, 2011 - Posted by | advice, Internet, shopping for | , , , , , , ,


  1. Thanks Paul (for the link back)… You’re the best!

    Also, nice info about the Broadband/DSL Reports. Very helpful.



    Comment by Ramblinrick | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • Rick,
      I think has a lot of good information inre the Telco’s and ISP’s. (A good place to visit for those who are thinking of switching providers, or who want Santa to give them an ‘upgrade’..)

      I don’t know how you do it, but it seems your site (What’s On My PC) just keeps getting better and better. I hope you’ll keep at it for a long, long time yet to come.


      Comment by techpaul | December 16, 2011 | Reply

  2. BBR is one of the best places to go for any type of info. The forums are awesome and you can usually find any answer in a search. They have forums/support for all the major ISP’s including Canadian ones. ISP discussion forums |, ISP Information They have forums pertaining to Software, Graphics, Sci-fi, Gaming, Security, and lots more. I was even running the program on my PC that is like Seti but it helps to find a cure for Cancer and Alzheimer’s disease because they have forums for that also.

    I have been a Premium Member of Broadband/DSL Reports since 2006. I am, also, a MVM (MVM stands for Much Valued Member.)there. Well, since about 2008, I haven’t been very valuable. Just got too busy and haven’t been there. I really need to start going back there. I still get messages and notes from people there. I am such a dweeb.


    Comment by delenn13 | December 16, 2011 | Reply

    • delenn13,
      I have never spent any time in the forums there, but I have found several answers. I particularly like the fact that they include the “smaller”/lesser-known providers in their results, and I have used the online “tweak test” tool a time or two over the years.


      Comment by techpaul | December 16, 2011 | Reply

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