Experience the Speed and Power of a DSL Connection

By: Mike Freemen

When the first Internet services came out, getting connected meant hooking up the phone line to a slow modem and dialing up to the Internet service provider. While this dial up connection certainly provided the Internet, the connection was slow, and the user was at the mercy of the quality of the phone company.

In addition, perhaps the biggest downside to the dial up approach was the fact that the phone would be tied up for hours, meaning that no other calls could get through. Internet users were forced to endure these busy signals or to take the expensive step of buying a second telephone line.

Fortunately, in today's Internet world there is a better way. DSL, or digital subscriber line, is a faster alternative to traditional dial up, running at speeds that are far, far in excess of traditional dial up. In addition, installing a DSL system means you can talk on the phone and surf the web at the same time, freeing the phone line for those important calls you may have been missing with dial up.

The prices of DSL connections are coming down as well. While the first DSL connection options were somewhat limited and somewhat expensive, the high level of competition, coupled with the high level of interest on the part of consumers, has led prices for DSL to fall, making a fast Internet connection an affordable choice for more people than ever before.

Those who thing DSL is the right choice should be sure to research the DSL options they have available. There are a number of national companies that provide DSL service, and they can be a good place to start. In addition, there are a number of local companies that can provide quality, local DSL service at good prices. It is a good idea to explore all the options, and to speak to those users who already have DSL service. As with any other product, it is important to shop around for the best deal on DSL Internet service.

Of course, DSL is not the only high speed Internet alternative available. In many areas of the country, the cable companies have also gotten in on the lucrative world of Internet connectivity, and these cable connections can be a good alternative as well. All means of connecting to the Internet, be it dial up, DSL, cable or satellite service, has its own advantages and disadvantages. It is up to every computer user to do the research and determine which connection is the right choice.

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