I was shopping for high speed internet providers in my area, and quickly realized that the best place to look was online, in blogs and on websites that offer quick comparisons. First I found independent websites that compared providers side by side, including pricing, speed, etc.. I looked at the larger companies AT&T and Verizon first, to see what was available so I had something to compare it to. Then I looked up the local cable company, and other local providers including DSL & satellite. There are many enticements to sign up, such as rebates, free modems, free installation. Be sure to compare all of these in determining the true cost, and make sure that you are getting the speed that you want.