I remember many years ago when we were first discovering the internet and what the www thing was all about. It was way back in the mid 1990's, and there weren't many choices around for internet service.
The computer came installed with two different pieces of software for internet service providers, and we could only use one of them - the other one was not available in our area.
We signed on and were with that ISP for many years - and needless to say, it was dial up - no other choices were even thought of at that time..
When DSL became available in our area, about six years ago, I spent many hours online learning what it was all about. I had to compare cable Internet and DSL broadband providers as well as learn the pros and cons between the two.
Wireless was an option for our PC's also, but since we were using desktops in an office, we didn't set them or the DSL box up for that service.
If I was just getting involved with the internet and computers now, it would be a big task to find the best deal and service - there are so many choices - and it would be hard to pick the correct one.
One thing that doesn't get mentioned enough though to new users is the need for security and how to protect your computer and sessions online.
That is the first thing I would recommend to any new user before they join the rest of us on this superhighway of information - the internet.