High-speed Internet Service Providers

Written by Helen Glenn Court
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What does all this about high-speed Internet service providers mean to you? If you're a home user, it means DSL and broadband cable. If you're a smaller business, it means DSL or T1 or T3 lines. Large organizations, just so you know, most frequently use the OC line family. The numbers indicate the rate of data transfer across the lines--the faster, the better.

There are a number of common sense reasons for high-speed Internet, which is why dial-up is growing obsolete. There are more users, more data, and more complex data. Higher-speed, higher-capacity connections are critical, because the numbers on data and users are only going to grow.

DSL service (about 768 kilobits) is significantly faster than the traditional 56K dial-up and eliminates the old need for an additional analog telephone line. Broadband cable service (about 3 megabits) leaves DSL at the starting gate. Both DSL and broadband access can be shared by multiple computers. Fiber optic lines are extremely reliable and carry considerably more data considerably faster than analog modems, DSL, and cable. The T1 carries 1.5 megabits and the T3 about 42 megabits. If you're wondering about the OC lines, think in terms of gigabits.

High-speed Internet Service Providers: Relative Costs

Interestingly, the cost for high-speed Internet service providers of DSL or broadband is the same as a dial-up 56K connection on its own telephone line--about $50 a month. A T1 line costs a business perhaps $1,000 or $1,500.


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