How Much Does The Internet Cost?

The cost is what you pay to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) for your internet connectivity. The cost varies over many variables e.g.  Lower the bandwidth, lower the price.

Typical costs:
  • Though not as common as it once was over a decade ago, dialup Internet access does still exist and is a low-cost option for those who are looking for an inexpensive plan and only do not necessarily view multimedia content.
  • NetZero[1] , Juno[2] and EarthLink[3] still offer these unlimited dialup services Internet for $10 to$12.50 per month.
  • DSL service from AT&T[4] currently has three monthly high speed Internet plants at $35 (1.5 Mbps down/ 384 Kbps up), $40 (3.0 Mbps down/ 512 Kbps up) and $45 (6.0 Mbps down/ 768 Kbps up). These plans all assume that one does not have local home phone service from AT&T. Having home phone service and then adding on a new high speed Internet plan from AT&T[5] can add$20-$25 per month for the first year, then runs $20-$40 per month depending on the speed. Not all plans are available in all areas.
  • Cable broadband Internet service from a company such as Comcast[6] require that the customer be a current subscriber to either cable TV or their digital voice service in order to sign up for one of the Internet access plans. Cable broadband speeds tend to be faster than DSL and may cost more in some cases. The “Economy Internet Service” (1 Mbps down/ 384 Kbps up) costs $25/month. The next level “Performance” (12 Mbps down/ 2 Mbps up) is $43/month. Their “Blast!” speed tier (16 Mbps down/ 2 Mbps up) is $53 a month and the “Ultra” option (22 MBPs/ 5 Mbps up) comes in at$63 a month.
  • Fiber optic broadband is another option as the technology is fast becoming more and more prevalent in neighborhoods. These speeds are can be even faster than cable broadband. Verizon[7]offers such a service and does not require home phone service. However, the price is $5 less on the plans if the customer does already have Verizon home phone. Their three plans come in at $55 a month (15 Mbps down/ 5 Mbps up), $70 a month (25 Mbps down/ 25 Mbps up) and $145 a month (50 Mbps down/ 20 Mbps up).

Additional costs

  • For the broadband services, if the customer is able to do a self-installation, there is usually no charge. Technician installation can range from $50-$80 (Comcast and Verizon) to $200 (AT&T).
  • Having the technician also set up the actual home network or do the computer connection can add$100.
  • For dialup Internet access, an internal PCI modem for the dialup option costs between $8 and $20. An external or USB modem can cost from $25 to up to $70.

Discounts:

  • For broadband services, there are often bundled services (Internet and cable TV, Internet and digital voice or Internet , etc.) that can bring down the total cost if a customer already has one of the services mentioned.
  • TIP: Broadband providers sometimes offer customer retention promotions. If the costs goes up after the promotional pricing is over, it doesn’t hurt to call customer service and inquire about extending a promotion for customer loyalty.

If you were to buy a 9internet connection, you would browse different ISPs in your locality and buy one that suits you. Internationally, If you need to compare cost of internet connectivity, following are a few demographic charts

North America

In North America, things are pretty consistent. You can move around the continent without too much variation in internet costs. Of the NAFTA nations, Mexico is the cheapest. The average cost of broadband internet there is only $26 per month. On our visualizations, we clumped the Caribbean in with South America, except for the Bahamas and Bermuda. Internet in the Bahamas ($77) is $11/month more expensive than in the U.S.A ($66). Bermuda’s monthly average is over $126/month.

South America

This map contains 44 countries and territories. Overall, internet here is pretty affordable. On the South American mainland, internet prices average just over fifty bucks monthly. The islands, however, have remarkably inconsistent pricing. Some have internet costs 2-3x that of their immediate neighbors. For instance, the Dutch side of Saint Martin (Sint Maarten) has a monthly average of $73, while the French side’s is only $20!

Asia

Overall, the world’s largest continent has very affordable internet. Notably, China and India offer their 2.7 billion combined residents broadband for less than $40/month, on average. In a few Asian countries, such as Brunei and Laos, internet costs skyrocket to roughly $250/month, but these are the exceptions, not the rules. Elsewhere, broadband costs are more in line with the Americas. Extremely cheap internet is provided in Russia ($10), Syria ($12), Kazakhstan ($13), and Iran ($5.40). These countries are reminders that a reputation for technological advancement does not necessarily result in the most affordable internet.

Africa

Overall, Africa is the worst place to have internet access. Many countries didn’t even have data to review. The original report says: sub-Saharan Africa fared worst overall with almost all of the 31 countries measured found in the most expensive half of the table, 16 of them in the most expensive quarter. The extremes are huge. In Egypt, broadband costs less than $15 monthly, but in Namibia it costs over $450. In Burkina Faso, the priciest of all, internet costs an astonishing $963 per month! On the other hand, a spacious apartment in the country’s capital will only cost you about $460/month.

Oceania

All countries in Oceania are among the bottom half of nations when it comes to internet affordability.  Australia ($60) and New Zealand ($65) are comparable to most Western European nations, but the most interesting case in Oceania is Papua New Guinea, where internet cost a staggering $590 each month. A few years ago, internet cost over 225% of the average annual income. Prices are nowhere near that high today. (We found this incredible research paper that explains why.)

So how much does internet cost in your country?

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