Fast, reliable business internet service has become a basic necessity for many companies. Whether for connecting with clients via email and Internet-based messaging or for uploading and downloading business-related assets, service that will hold up without fail and offer sufficient bandwidth is something that virtually every company today needs.

This typically means going beyond the usual consumer-grade offerings. While home Internet service often appears to offer good value at first glance, it rarely comes with the kinds of assurances that businesses today need. Downtime of an hour or two every month might be acceptable for consumers, but it can result in major financial losses when it strikes business internet services.

Because of this, many companies are better off looking to dedicated internet services, instead of the shared lines that are marketed to consumers on the basis of their apparent price efficiency. In some cases, these services will actually be nominally slower than the fastest advertised consumer options, but they make up for this with far greater reliability.

The most common and traditional of these is the T-1 line. Available just about everywhere, these dedicated lines provide rock-solid connectivity that will never suffer from congestion created by others. On the other side of the equation, though, the relatively dated technology behind T-1 connectivity means that bandwidth will never be impressive. Lines of this type can still be a good answer for companies whose bandwidth needs are low, as when email is the predominant reason for Internet usage, but they are becoming less popular.

Instead, more companies are looking into fiber optic service. As with T-1 technology, this style of connection is capable of relaying a business's traffic directly to the internet service provider, so there will never be issues of this kind that are common with consumer cable. Compared to T-1, fiber optic also affords far more in the way of bandwidth, with speeds up to a gigabit per second or more now being common.

In either case, a company will expect to pay more for guaranteed bandwidth of higher levels. The same will be true with guaranteed service levels, as every little bit of incrementally improved reliability will come with a higher price tag than the one before.

Even those businesses that might be inclined to demand the greatest possible reliability, then, will often have to weigh these facts against the associated costs. In just about every case, though, a connection that precisely suits a given company's needs should be easy to arrange for.