How Internet Plans Work?

The internet is part of our daily life and has become an essential service in our budget, just like water, gas, electricity, etc. This is because having internet at home is no longer a “luxury”, since we need it to do a lot of things online – shopping, studying, working, entertaining, chatting, creating, etc. For all these activities to be carried out efficiently, it is important that you choose your Internet service provider and your broadband Internet plan carefully.

But how to make these choices? How do internet plans work? These are two pertinent questions and the answers will help you get the best service. Many people, when hiring a provider and a plan, take into consideration only the price, without analyzing important details such as the technology used by the company and the speed, in relation to people’s usage habits.


The popular internet, sold by telephone companies and authorized providers, is available through pre-established plans, either by download speed or by the franchise model, in which the user has a limited amount of data to use.

The plans also vary according to the technology the company uses to bring the Internet to your home – 4G, fiber optics, ADSL, Radio, Satellite, etc. All of this has an impact on the quality of the signal that will arrive and its availability.

In short, we can say that an internet plan is the “product” that will be sold to the end customer, either by speed or by franchise – the way internet service provision is made available in the market.


Here we get into a question that was asked at the beginning of the post: why shouldn’t we choose our internet plan according to price? The right thing is to always think about the cost-benefit, which must be evaluated according to the needs of each user. See below some of the criteria that must be analyzed.


The first factor to consider when choosing your internet plan is who will use the service in your home and what their browsing habits are. Will the plan that you found the cheapest and most interesting meet everyone’s demands, or will everyone be dealing with endlessly loading screens and crashing games and videos?

It is very important that you define the average number of people who will use the Internet in your house, including recurring visits, such as family members, boyfriends, girlfriends, friends, and aggregates.

Are the people in your household super-connected, i.e. does everyone do everything over the Internet – shop, play games, watch TV, use streaming services, use SaaS software, download or upload lots of files to the web? In this scenario, it might be a better investment to contract a larger plan than your preferred provider offers.

If you are an active internet user, but the other people in the house are moderate users, who only update social networks and watch sporadic videos on YouTube, an intermediate plan might be the best option. If you live alone and have few people over, even though you use the internet a lot, an intermediate or even basic plan can meet your needs.

Our focus here is not to tell you which plan you should choose, nor the exact speed, but to alert you to the fact that cost-effectiveness should be based on demand, not just value. Only then you won’t be angry with slow or crashing internet, or pay too much for under-utilized service.


In this topic we will focus on residential broadband internet, which became popular with ADSL technology. In this model, the internet is brought to the user’s home on the same cable as the telephone line, which simplified installation.

The initial popularity of this technology was mainly due to the comparison with the models most used until then. In addition to being faster and more stable than dial-up internet, even though it comes via a telephone cable, ADSL does not hinder incoming and outgoing calls, unlike dial-up internet.

However, in recent years fiber has become more popular and cheaper, and has become the leading technology for carriers and the preferred technology for customers. The technology has a big advantage over copper cable ADSL because the data is transported by a beam of light, staying out of the power grid, which reduces interference and loss of signal strength.


Watching a movie, series, or live stream that is stuck is very stressful and can put an end to your weekend program. For those who work or study primarily over the Internet, this instability can be costly, either by missing the deadline for the delivery of a service, or by the student running out of time to take an assessment without a second call.