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Internet Access Buyer's Guide - Introduction

Internet Access Buyer's Guide - Introduction

Published: 04/17/2011

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Introduction

With email and the Web such a vital part of everyday business, the speed and reliability of your Internet access is more important than ever. Solutions such as T1 lines and business‐grade DSL provide always‐on broadband connections, giving your employees the ability to consistently communicate and exchange data with co‐workers, customers, and vendors at speeds much faster than standard dial‐up.

 

 

In addition to providing seamless access to the Internet and faster downloads of large files, a high‐speed connection lets you access a wide range of applications – web hosting, streaming video, voice over IP (VoIP), video conferencing and virtual private networking (VPN). And the good news is that prices have dropped, making broadband more affordable than ever.

 

 

This BuyerZone Internet Access Buyer’s Guide explores the various Internet access options available to you, how to choose an Internet access vendor, and the costs of getting your company up and running. Click a topic below to jump to that section.

 

 

 

 

Table of contents

 

 

Types of high speed Internet access

 

 

Understanding DSL

 

 

T1 service

 

 

Choosing an Internet access provider

 

 

Contracts

 

 

Internet access prices

 

 

Buying tips

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pricing guidelines

 

The speed of the connection you choose has a direct impact on the price. Here's a summary of common speeds and prices.

 

 

 

Type of connection

Speed

Monthly price

 

Business DSL

 

384 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps

 

$30 to $250

 

 

Fractional T1s

 

128 Kbps to 1.5 Mbps

 

$100 to $300

 

 

Full T1

 

1.5 Mbps

 

$300 to $1,000

 

 

Bonded T1s (e.g., 3 T1s)

 

4.5 Mbps

 

$750 to $3,000