Beaverton internet service provider Spark is ranked number one in the best online services in the United States, according to a report released by the Institute for Local Self-Reliance.
The report found that Spark offers free internet service for users and the lowest internet service bills in the US.
Spark offers its services at no extra cost to its customers, and customers can also opt to have internet service delivered to them for $10 per month.
The institute found that the internet service was the best in the country, and that the average Spark user paid about $50 per month for their internet service.
Spark also ranked number two in the U.S. for overall internet speed.
Spark, which operates a network of more than 100,000 fibre broadband connections, is also the only provider of high-speed internet access to a large number of areas.
“Spark has always had a reputation as a high-performing internet service, but the ILSR’s report underscores that it is the only company in the state of Oregon that ranks as the best broadband provider in the nation,” said Mike Koo, an ILSLR member and the executive director of the Institute of Local Self Reliance.
“It’s really a testament to how the company’s strategy has worked for a long time.”
Spark also scored highly for its speed, as well as for the fact that it provided internet service to nearly two-thirds of the state’s population.
The study also found that there was high quality competition in the industry.
“When the IASR evaluated the top internet service firms, it found that most providers were highly competitive in providing internet service across the state,” said Tim Stork, a senior policy analyst at the IESR.
“But Spark is an exception because it has built an internet infrastructure that provides high-quality internet access for its customers and its customers have been able to use it to reach an increasing number of their customers.”
Spark is the third largest provider of internet access in Oregon, with a total of 3.5 million internet users.
According to the institute, Spark was also one of only a few providers in Oregon that offers customers the option to buy the service at a discounted price.
“If you think about it, the people who are getting the best service out of Spark aren’t getting the service from anyone else,” said Stork.
“They’re getting the speed and quality from Spark.”
A Spark customer can sign up to be part of Spark’s fibre internet network and have the company deliver internet service at no additional cost to them.
Spark’s internet service offers unlimited access to any internet provider, and Spark is also an active member of the Federal Communications Commission’s National Broadband Plan.
Spark is one the few providers of high speed internet service in Oregon.
“The vast majority of Oregon residents who use Spark’s broadband services live in rural areas, where most of the internet access is provided by fiber-based connections,” said Koo.
“This makes Spark a great choice for customers who are looking for a reliable, high-capacity broadband connection to a rural area.”
The ILSI also found some positive news in the internet services industry.
There are a number of ways to access the internet and access content online.
The Institute for local self-reliance says that many internet service plans offer the ability to download a specific file, such as a video, to the internet in order to stream it over the internet.
This can save users money on their monthly bills.
“Many internet service companies offer plans that allow users to stream movies, music and other content to the web over the Internet,” said Michael Shireman, an internet policy analyst with the Institute.
“For example, Netflix offers customers access to their favorite movies, TV shows, and documentaries over the web, with no additional fee.”
While Spark offers internet service and the ability, users can also subscribe to Spark’s streaming plan and access their favorite streaming content, such an HBO Go subscription or Hulu Plus, through a pay-per-view subscription service.
The internet service offered by Spark is faster than what many of its competitors offer, and is more secure than many internet services available in the market.
“Most internet service is not secure, and it is often slow,” said Shiremen.
“With Spark, there are no hidden fees, no hidden charges, and you don’t have to worry about anything that’s happening to your internet connection.
It’s all handled for you.”
Spark has also developed a mobile app that lets users control access to internet and content on their smartphone.
“We have created a mobile application that gives people the ability for Spark to control the speed of their internet access,” said Mark Stork of the IMSR.