Finding the right internet service can be a challenge if you are not familiar with what choices you have in a particular city. This is especially true if you are relocating, and still learning the ropes of the place you are moving to. Fortunately, you have the option of searching online for internet service providers by city. I found this to be a tremendous help when I was moving from Seattle to Houston.

Most of us are familiar with searching by zip code for comparisons of internet service providers and their plans. You enter the zip code on a provider’s web page to see if they offer service in the area, and what plans they include. Or, you enter the zip code on an independent website to compare all the providers in the area. This method falls short if you are not sure what the zip code is. Many cities include multiple zip codes. If you are relocating, you may not be sure which zip code you belong in, and that can make all the difference in what is available to you.

This is particularly true for cable internet providers. You may find that several are available in one city, but in different sections. Also, for nationally known providers such as AT&T and Verizon, you may think that moving to a particular city means you will not be able to bring along your high speed fiber optic service if you search by one zip code. You may find that these networks are available in different parts of the area you are moving to.

When we moved, of course our ISP was not all that was a consideration. We looked at affordable houses, schools, neighborhoods. We’re pretty big on education for our kids, and we use the internet constantly for research, banking, shopping, and our work. Like so many others, we use it for social networking, and sending videos through YouTube and Skype was very important to keep in touch with family back in Seattle. So we knew we needed a high speed connection, and made the availability of one a consideration in narrowing down our location for a house search.

You may not be able to find a list of ISPs that include small cities, but there certainly are lists on websites for larger cities, and for states as well. It really helps to have all the information in one place.

We also had the advantage of arranging for service to start the day we moved in. We were able to keep our high speed service, and the quality we had depended on all along. Moving the account meant that we didn’t have to pay a penalty for ending the service too quickly before the contract was up.

Having all the information about ISPs in your city at your fingertips means that it is so much easier to look into your options, and make the choice that is right for you and your family.