New DSL Technology Lets You Browse the Web Twenty Times Faster!

By Drew J. Kaplan

Until now, the Phone Company has been charging thousands of dollars per month for T-1 data line to the Internet. This is about to change as Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) technology is being deployed throughout Southern California. DSL lines allow high-speed data transport over traditional twisted-pair copper wires, just like a T-1. In other words, DSL allows you to connect to your Internet Service Provider (ISP) over a regular telephone line at speeds that are much faster than those achieved using an analog 56Kbps modem or ISDN line. DSL is establishing an entirely new point on the price/performance curve.

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) technology uses existing copper telephone wiring to deliver high-speed data services to businesses and homes. In its various forms - including ADSL, IDSL and SDSL - DSL offers users a choice of speeds ranging from 144 Kbps to more than 1.5 Mbps. These digital services will ultimately be used to deliver bandwidth-intensive applications like video on demand and distance learning. More immediately, for the first time, DSL is putting high-speed Internet access within the reach of small and medium-size businesses. These businesses can now afford to have their employees telecommute from home.

DSL service allows corporate employees or "tele-workers" who work at home on a part-time, full-time, or after hour's basis to enjoy similar response times as their in-office counterparts when transferring files, accessing the web or downloading presentations. At its top speed, the DSL service is up to 20 times faster than most dial-up modem connections and 10 times faster than ISDN. And unlike dial-up services, there is no wait to connect and no busy signals. Once installed, the high-speed connection is always on and available, just as it is for an employee working in the office.

Drew J. Kaplan is with Internet Specialties West, Inc. He can be reached at 818-735-3000 x103 or via E-mail at drewk@iswest.net

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