Corvallis is very lucky to have three different internet provider options. We have worked with all of them and wanted to give you our experience if you are looking to start a business, upgrade your service or switch.
The fastest internet options available to most businesses and residential services is Comcast or Xfinity. This company is large and with it comes a bureaucracy that many people do not like to navigate.
That being said, they provide the fastest Business Internet options for the lowest cost. Most small businesses will never use their full bandwidth, so we think the lowest option or one up usually provides ample speeds and connectivity. We always request clients purchase a static IP, especially if they are interested in local VPN options (i.e. connecting to your network from home or while on the road).
Centurylink and Pioneer Internet
DSL options in our area can get complicated with the Pioneer monopoly that runs from Corvallis to Newport. From our experience, Centurylink is providing the lines and if you are in a specific area, you must use Pioneer as your ISP even though it navigates across Centurylinks lines. For some, this is their only option for internet because Comcast Cable isn’t available in their area and they are out of the Line-of-Sight for Alyrica.
As Fiber moves into Corvallis, Centurylink is the current provider for business and residential fiber. If you can get a fiber line from Centurylink, this is probably the best connection you can get. Centurylink like Comcast is a large company with a lot of bureaucracy to deal with. Their DSL speeds are very dependent upon where on the line you are connecting. If you are way out on the outskirts of town, just expect your speeds to be very slow. They also offer Static IP to business customers.
Just like us, Alyrica is a local company providing internet options to people in the area. They use Microwave technology to connect your business/home to one of their towers. While their speeds are not as fast as Comcast or Centurylink, they are consistent and when you have problems, their technical staff is great to deal with compared to the other companies.
If you are looking for an alternative to the large ISPs, check with Alyrica to see if you are in their service area. Their Business plans come with a Static IP and the Residential service is great for chord cutters.