Searching for local internet providers in my area on the internet used to be a way to find a decent local provider that you could depend on but in the early days of the internet wars thousands of internet providers appeared over night and then disappeared as quickly as they came on to the scene. By now most local internet providers have been swallowed up by larger companies to gain access countrywide to customers and systems already in place. Even the local providers that seem local are usually an arm of a much larger provider that decided to keep the name in place.
These days it’s best to search the area you live in for the best provider that area has and actively read the reviews by its users. A cable provider in one part of the country may be fantastic but just so-so in your area. A lot of that has to do with these larger companies buying out other companies servers and not upgrading as fast as they need to. A person in California might be accessing the network through brand new servers while in Maryland the servers still need to be upgraded. After getting a good idea of what the best provider in your area is then its time to check a few more things.
Look up the company on the internet and see what their plans are for the future and where they have decided to upgrade. Look specifically for your are and what will be happening there over the next few years. It may seem a bit unnecessary but if you are looking for dependable service you need to do a little homework. Sure, all companies will have some detractors but the n\more you know about the companies providing internet access in your local area the better off your experience will be.