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How much internet speed do you really need?

How much internet speed do you really need?

Is Netflix taking forever to load? Are your online games lagging and glitching more than ever? Are your uploads and downloads crawling along at a snail's pace?

There could be a number of different reasons for the slowdown, one of them being that you're not getting enough internet speed from your Internet Service Provider (ISP).

But before you make the call to your cable or internet provider to complain, you'll need to figure out how much internet speed you really need for you and your family. You don't want too much, you don't want too little.

Unfortunately, the answer varies from person to person and family to family. You don't want to pay for service you won't be using. But at the same time, you don't want to deal with buffering videos or slow load times. What should you do?

Sure, the ISP's customer service representative can help you, but given the track record of some cable companies and ISPs, it's best to do a little bit of research yourself. After all, it's their job to sell you internet and they could sell you more than what you need.

That's where this handy tool from internetproviders.com comes into play. The site has a very quick, simple and easy tool to help you determine the speed you need.

The little quiz, if you will, takes less than two minutes to answer. All you need to do is select the number of users in your house for each service. For example, how many people use social media in your house? What about streaming sites like Netflix? What about video games? Choose the appropriate number and see how much speed you need in the blue bar at the top of the page. It's that easy.

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