How to Find a Local Internet Service Provider

By Mark L. Chambers

Choosing a local Internet service provider (ISP) is easy in the modern, Internet-savvy world. Here are some recommended tips for locating and selecting your local ISP:

  • Check with your cable or telephone companies. If you’re already subscribing to cable service in your area, you’re likely to be a candidate for cable Internet access. Also, local phone companies offer DSL access using existing telephone lines. Call the customer service numbers for these companies and check out what they offer.

  • Get recommendations from friends and neighbors. Folks love to give free advice. Ask them how much they’re paying, how reliable the connection has been, and how well they rate the ISP’s technical support.

  • Check your phone directory. Check the phone book for Internet service.

  • Investigate ISP websites. If you have Internet access at work, a friend’s house, or your local public library, you can surf to My ISPFinder, where you can search for ISPs in your ZIP code.