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The right type of internet connection depends on your broadband needs. Internet speed and bandwidth requirements typically depend on the number of connected devices on your home network and your intended internet activities.

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If you are a current AT&T Internet customer and want a faster Internet plan, you can check to see if you are eligible to upgrade to a faster plan here. You will be prompted to log in to your existing myAT&T account to modify your service. If a faster Internet plan is available at your address, you can follow the prompts to upgrade your Internet plan online.

When considering what a good broadband speed is for your household, you may want to evaluate the amount of bandwidth you will require. The suggested bandwidth for a household depends on the number of users, number of devices, and types of activities for which you will use internet service.Some internet activities perform better with higher speed services. Examples might include transferring large data files or streaming high-definition video.Other applications do not require fast internet speeds to complete. Examples might include sending short e-mails without attachments or basic web browsing.The FCC recommends having an internet connection starting at greater than 25 Mbps for users with more than one device running multiple high-demand applications like streaming HD video or multiparty video conferencing.

You can check out the speed of your current internet service by running at internet speed test.For more information about the broadband speeds of our internet plans, please check out our guide to understanding internet speed. Once you have an idea for the internet speed you need, you can check which AT&T Internet service is available at your address.

You will want to understand how to compare internet speeds. You can take an internet speed test to check the speed of your current internet plan. If you think you need a faster internet plan, you should consider how much speed you will need. Download speeds are important for things like quickly downloading large files and streaming videos. Upload speeds are important for things like online gaming and video calling. The difference in speed between internet plans can be pretty extreme. For example, Internet 1000, sometimes called 1 Gig Internet, has 25X faster uploads speeds than cable.1

A common question from Texans who purchase and sell things online is, "Do I owe Texas tax?" Texas purchasers and sellers may think they can save money by not paying tax when buying or selling on the internet, but those transactions are subject to Texas sales and use tax.

When a Texas purchaser buys a taxable item online from a seller that does not charge Texas sales tax, the purchaser owes use tax. Use tax is complementary to sales tax. Use tax is due on taxable items purchased online and shipped or delivered into Texas, and any shipping and handling charges are part of the sales price. The use tax due is based on the location where you first receive, store or use the item. You can verify the tax rate for a specific address using our Sales Tax Rate Locator.

Purchases made online from remote sellers with no physical presence in Texas are taxable. Many remote sellers must collect, report and remit the appropriate use tax on taxable items delivered to customers in Texas. The sales price includes all shipping and handling charges. "Taxable items" include all tangible personal property as well as taxable services.

Texas sellers must collect sales tax on taxable items, including shipping and delivery charges, sold online in Texas. Texas sellers are engaged in business if they have a physical Texas location or make online sales in Texas.

Broadband Internet users differ vastly from dial-up users in the way they deal with online content. For many broadband users, images and data on the Internet are not just things to be viewed passively, but things that these users download, recombine, manipulate, and share with others. Four in ten broadband users (39%) have at one time or another created content for the Internet by doing such things as creating Web sites, posting their thoughts or other information to existing Web sites, and creating online diaries. Some 16% of broadband users create some kind of content for the Web on a typical day online. A similar number (43%) share files with others (17% on an average day do this) and also display or develop photos online (43% have done this, 14% do it on a typical day).

Fully 59% of broadband users have at one time created content or shared files with others online; 26% do these things on a typical day. When it comes to these activities, broadband users are about twice as likely as dial-up users to have ever done these things. Broadband users are also more active than dial-up users as content downloaders. Some 63% have at one time or another downloaded games, video or pictures, and 50% have at one time or another downloaded music files. On a typical day, 22% of broadband users download games, videos, or pictures, with 17% downloading music on a typical day.

Content creation is an especially prominent activity for a subset of the broadband population that we call the broadband elite. These are the quarter of the home broadband population who do 10 or more online activities on a typical day. That represents twice as much daily activity online as is performed by other broadband users, who average about 5 online activities on a typical day1 On any given day, four out of five (81%) members of the broadband elite post content to the Internet, such as updating a Web page, sharing files, or storing information online. They are equally active downloaders, with 78% downloading information of some kind on a given day.

The average Internet user with high-speed home access does 7 things online on a typical day, such as getting news, health care information, taking an online course, listening to music, or downloading files. By contrast, a dial-up user does about 3 things online during a typical day online. The high-speed connection permits broadband users to perform multiple Internet tasks more easily in a given online session or at different times of the day.

Broadband Internet users are much more likely than dial-up users to be online during a typical day. Fully 82% of broadband Internet surfers are online on any given day, compared to 58% of dial-up users. They spend more time online than dial-up users (95 minutes on average for high-speed users during any given day, compared to 83 minutes for dial-up). Broadband users do more things online, and it is likely that at times they are multi-tasking by cramming several simultaneous activities into those online sessions. In addition, they are more than twice as likely as dial-up users to have several online surfing sessions on a given day (43% of broadband users have multiple online sessions per day versus 19% of dial-up users).

Communications remains the dominant application. Two-thirds of broadband users (67%) check email on a typical day; 21% do instant messaging; and 71% do both on that typical day. Information seeking comes in next:

Pursuing personal interests is popular, as 41% of broadband users go online during any given day for hobby information and 39% go online just for fun. Multimedia applications are also popular. Overall, 49% of broadband users are accessing some kind of multimedia content during a typical day online.

Not surprisingly, broadband households tend to have a lot of technology. Fully 69% have more than one computer, and 40% have three or more computers in the house. The multiplicity of computers has prompted more than half (55%) of broadband households to network their home computers. A similar number (56%) have installed computer firewalls to protect against viruses and other unwanted cyber-intrusions. The high-speed connection also has had a beneficial impact on sharing online resources in the house. Four in ten (43%) say broadband has made it easier to share the computer; half (52%) say it is easier to share the Internet.

Broadband users are more likely than dial-up users to report that their use of the Internet has had a positive impact on connections to family and friends. Three-quarter (76%) of broadband users say the Internet has improved connections to friends (versus 68% of dial-up users) and 71% of broadband users say it has improved connections with family (versus 58% of dial-up users). Since broadband and dial-up users have equally robust social networks, the always-on connection may lead to a rise in convenience emailing that helps with social connections.

The home broadband connection does result in more work at home. One-third of home broadband users telecommute. For that reason, 25% of all broadband users (and 58% of those who telecommute) say the Internet has led them to spend more time working at home. Broadband users do not report that the Internet has had much impact on the time they spend with family, friends, or attending social events.

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