You can cut your land line and sever your cable TV, but if you want to stream the new season of “House of Cards,” you need to hang on to your Internet connection. Whatever savings you might achieve by ditching other services, you will almost certainly give them back as your bill for Web connectivity inexorably creeps up.
Consumers now pay an average of $50 (R700) a month for a broadband connection to the Web, which is up from a monthly average of about $40 a decade ago.
But costs can vary widely – ranging from $10 to $120 – depending on whether the service is bundled with cable and phone, is an introductory rate, and depending also on your connectivity speed.
Cutting costs for Internet starts with understanding what you are currently paying. Most people cannot even parse this out because their bills are a jumble of bundled pricing and fees, says Kim Komando, who has hosted a national radio talk show on computers and technology for more than 20 years (komando.com).
“If you haven’t looked at your whole internet package, then it’s time to go through it A-Z,” she said.