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Fast and Reliable Home Internet: Your Livelihood Depends on It

You're on yet another Zoom call and...wait what did she say? Dang it...Internet glitching again! You quickly mute your audio and video. "Kids! Get off YouTube...I'm on a call!" With everyone working and schooling from home, your Internet can't keep up. The cable company keeps claiming you're on their "super-fast Internet" but everything keeps lagging. It's all so frustrating and you just want to get your work done.  It may not be the cable company's fault. Use this approach to ensure your household enjoys a super-fast, reliable Internet! Start with the Source Run a speed test. Google "speed test" . Run that test a few times on a given day. If you're not getting at least 50Mbps download and 10Mbps upload speeds, keep reading.  Check with your Provider and do your Homework Reach out to your Internet provider. This may be your cable company or telephone provider. Understand your current plan: What package are you currently on? Wha
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