The Very Basics of Business Information Technology
Don’t forget the Internet!!!
Start Early on choosing an Internet Provider
Several times in the last couple of years, we’ve run into clients that were either starting or moving a business. Almost, without exception, these companies were late in starting the selection and commitment for their internet provider. Needless to say, that without an internet connection these days, your business will suffer great pain. It is fairly common to have a 30 day or greater lead time on your installation.
Just because you are in a relatively highly developed area does not mean that good internet is available. For instance, in the northern portions of Salt Lake County on Beck Street, there are several large businesses. You’d expect to be able to get good internet out there. Not so. While there are big businesses, the geography limits the area covered. I-15 to the west, hills to east. It is a very narrow strip of area.
Go as Fast as You Can Afford
Internet speed is getting relatively cheap these days as the providers compete for customers. In most areas, 20Mbps (Mega Bit per Second) internet is widely available. However, there are many surprises when it comes to internet availability as previously mentioned. There are good entry level packages from CenturyLink and Comcast. A great option is the CenturyLink CoreConnect at $75.00/mo. Don’t go with the up sells. Go for speed and speed alone.
Best of Service
Quite honestly, most telecom companies are not stellar at customer service. They are a necessary evil. Generally speaking a company should deal with a tier 1 provider such as CenturyLink, Comcast, Integra or another big provider. However, as mentioned above, sometimes these tier 1 providers just don’t service an area. Consider a fixed wireless broadband provider such as Utah Broadband for your needs.
Why is Internet so Critical
This might seem like an obvious question. However, internet service is even more critical these days. With cloud computing and VoIP telephone options, the internet provides more and more to our businesses. For instance, with hosted VoIP telephone systems, a business no longer needs to buy multiple dedicated phone lines into their business. There are VoIP options that scale to your business needs on demand.
Watch the Fine Print!!!
Most Internet Service plans require a minimum commitment for a period of time. In general, CenturyLink wins this battle with typically a 2 year commitment for best pricing. Comcast is typically 3 years. But the real kicker is in the fine print. Some carriers have an automatic renewal clause that says if the customer does not cancel or notify the carrier, the contract will automatically renew for a minimum of 1 year! Sometimes the entire length of the commitment renews! Watch for the daggers in the details.
Let SkyNet I.T. Help You Plan
We have helped many clients to transition from one site to another. We are experts in planning and facilitating business moves. Call us and let us solve these problems for you. Call 801-203-3456 as soon as you start planning a more or a new business. We’ll help you get off to a good start.