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DSL Internet Providers

DSL is the standby high speed Internet service. As one of the most secure and reliable types of connection, DSL is available to the majority of Americans.

What do high speed DSL providers do?

Digital subscriber line (DSL) Internet providers optimize your communications by using your phone line without monopolizing it. Internet and phone can be used simultaneously with no conflict. This enables DSL providers to offer high speed service in in many urban and rural areas. The speed is much greater than that of a regular modem.

Basic DSL features are:

  • Certain types of DSL Internet service providers offer DSL Internet that does not require a land line phone service.
  • At certain locations DSL speeds can reach up to 40Mbps.
  • Because it offers great value for your money, DSL is one of the most popular Internet services that you see bundled for internet, HDTV and phone (landline).
  • In many cases, DSL doesn't require any wiring modifications like cable Internet and can use your existing phone line just the way it is.
  • Your DSL provider will usually include the modem as part of the installation.

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How do DSL high-speed Internet bundles work?

DSL offers greater dependability than many smartphones. Your provider will equip you with High-Speed DSL via a dedicated line directly from your phone company. Since there is absolutely no bandwidth sharing, your line is dedicated to you. This means you can maximize download and upload without impacting anyone else. A technician is generally not needed to set up DSL service.

Other types of DSL service

Some types of DSL technology try to improve on distance limitations. Other kinds of DSL include:

  • Very high bit-rate DSL – offers a fast data rate restricted to short distances only. This service provides HDTV, Internet access and on-demand services at 52 Mbps downstream and 12 Mbps upstream.
  • Symmetric DSL - is used primarily by small businesses and you cannot use the phone at the same time. However, sending and receiving speeds for data are identical.
  • Rate-adaptive DSL - is a type of asynchronous DSL where the modem can adjust the data rate depending on the type of the line.
  • ISDN DSL - is a combination of the Integrated Services Digital Network and DSL used in dial-up Internet. ISDN was the solution to dial-up Internet. While slower than DSL, it can travel up to 5 or 6 miles. It is commonly used by individuals who don’t have access to DSL where they are located.
  • Universal DSL – is a recent technology under development by Texas Instruments. It is backward compatible with all versions of DSL. It can provide greater speeds up to 4 times faster than those of VDSL – depending on location.

Should I choose DSL Internet service?

How do you know if DSL is the right Internet service for you?

Where do you live? DSL is available in urban, suburban and even rural areas. However, as your distance increases from your provider’s location your connection weakens. If you live in a remote or rural area DSL may not be available.

Do you want a home phone? If you are looking to bundle and save, you may want a home phone with high speed DSL service and HDTV.