Ready to Supercharge Your Surfing?

From choosing a technology to adding a firewall, here's what you'll need to know -- and do -- to get online with a high-speed service

If you don't have broadband at home yet, you're hardly alone. Only about 13 million Americans who use the Net outside of work have ultrafast connections. Chances are, though, that you'll probably want to take the leap in the not-too-distant future. So you'll be glad to know that, compared with a couple of years ago, broadband is now a far easier beast to tame. Installation is simpler -- often, no home visit is required to get service up and running. Access speeds are generally faster, and broadband is more widely available.

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