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Keep your Internet up to speed

Make sure your Internet connection can handle running several devices at the same time.

When you're writing your moving to do list, don't forget to plan for cable and Internet installation in your new home. These days, just one person may own and regularly use multiple devices that connect to the Internet. Now, multiply that by a whole household! Your Internet service is going to need to provide enough strength and speed to keep the whole family online.

Everything you look at online, from articles to videos, is delivered to your various devices in little pieces of data. The speed at which they reach you is measured in Megabits. The Federal Communications Commission created a Broadband Speed Guide for consumers to find the minimum download speed for popular online activities. However, the FCC's estimations only apply to one person engaging in one activity at a time. If you're using multiple devices or multitasking on the same Internet connection, your system needs more speed to keep up with the increased demand.

It's important that your Internet connection can handle supporting several devices running at once including computers, smartphones, tablets and smart TVs. When you're shopping for cable and Internet bundles online, over the phone, or using online chat, talk to your customer service representative about how many devices you plan to use. With this information, they'll be able to help you pick the correct plan for your household. Don't forget to ask about TV Everywhere service while you're at it, so you can keep up with the best shows wherever you are. Additionally, you can add home phone service to your Internet and TV package, including voicemail, call waiting and caller ID.

You probably want to be back online as soon as you settle into your new home so make television, Internet and phone service installation a priority.