How much speed do I need?
The data rate of your internet connection is measured in bits per second (bps). As data rates increase, it’s easier for providers and equipment manufacturers to express speeds by the thousands.
Kilobit – One kilobit is equal to 1,000 bits per second (Kbps)
Megabit – One megabit is equal to 1,000 Kbps or one million bits per second (Mbps)
Gigabit – One gigabit is equal to 1,000 Mbps, one million Kbps or one billion bits per second (Gbps)
In most serviceable areas, you’ll either shop internet plans with megabit or gigabit speeds depending on your provider and plan. It’s unlikely that you’ll find any major providers that still offer Kbps plans unless you live in a rural area where dial-up internet service is still offered.
Gigabit internet speeds are often considered the gold standard for internet users, as they can support an unlimited number of devices and users. You can shop gigabit speeds with internet service providers (ISPs) that offer fiber-optic and co-axial cable connections. 2 Gbps, or 2,000 Mbps, is currently the highest speed offered by any major provider.