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You can compare ISPs' speed before you decide to go with a specific ISP. Go to CNET at http://reviews.cnet.com/Bandwidth_meter/7004-7254_7-0.html. Enter your area code and the type of connection type you want (cable, DSL, dial-up, etc.). CNET's bandwidth meter will give you the low-down on the typical download speeds of the local ISPs in your area code. Compare ISP speeds and click on the links to determine which ISP provider is best for you.