INTERNET & BROADBAND FROM SEATTLE LINE COMMUNICATIONS INC.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dial Up Services

 

 

 

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T-1 Services

 

 

 

Slipstream Broadband Services

 

 


Internet & Broadband Services

Internet & Broadband
DSL comes in about 50 different versions, offered by over 30 Providers in the Seattle area. There are about a dozen different ways to secure a T1 line. And let's not even consider Frame Relay, an enchanted forest of data pipes, valves and transmission speed zones. Ever hear of Local Loop, ISP, broadband, Fractional T1, VoIP, VPN, and the increasingly popular WI-FI?

Don't you just love it? If you call Telco A they will show you their products and prices. Telco B has a different set of products and prices. And so on. Do you really want to examine a pile of proposals and brochures, each of which bleats about how good they are? Wouldn't it be nice just to call one source [an Internet & Broadband Broker] and have them do all the searching for you? Do you suppose these Telcos would say the same things to a Broker as they would to a potential customer?

That's what we do—shop the market for you. It is easy, painless, and if we do return with some optional choices, you can be sure they will be delicious.

 

 

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Dial Up Services

This is Internet access via a modem. The transmission speed is almost entirely governed by the speed of that modem, which according to physics is limited to about 56k over conventional copper. Most users, though, seldom get above 48k. Good News: This is the cheapest way to access the Internet. Bad News: It can be very s-l-o-w for pictures to download. AOL uses dial-up accesswhich is why customers are leaving in droves.

 

 

 

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DSL Services

Those that tire of making small shopping trips while waiting for a dial-up picture to download can upgrade to the next speed plateauDSL, which stands for Digital Subscriber Line. DSL costs more, of course, but you get more, sometimes a LOT more. You also have some speed choices ranging from 128k up to a bone crushing 7Mb, and even more if you are speed greedy. It is important to note, though, that DSL speeds vary depending upon the number of concurrent users in your neighborhood since you and your neighbors are sharing a "pipe." It is similar to the affect on traffic during rush hour. DSL providers are careful to specify "speeds up to XXXk" in their Sales Agreements. Reason enough to let Seattle Line Communications act as your DSL broker.

 

 

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Frame (Relay) Services

Sometimes a guaranteed speed is required, which is where Frame Relay comes in. As with DSL, you can request a desired speedsay, 128k. But you can also request a minimum speed, a level your transmissions will never go below. This is called the Committed Information Rate (CIR) and it customarily comes in at one-half the stated speed. In this example the CIR would probably be 64k. Frame Relay will also allow some "bursting" above the stated speed. This occurs when an unusually large transmission needs to go down the pipe. Since this would usually be an infrequent occurrence, you might pay a nominal surcharge (above the 128k rate) when it happens.

Although Frame Relay services are used by computer networks because of their consistency and reliability, they also can be employed as a means to access the Internet. In this scenario a company with multiple offices can connect all of them via Frame Relay into a VPN (Virtual Private Network), then have one of those offices connect to the Internet in behalf of the others. This technique is generally cheaper than having each office make a separate arrangement. It is also economical because Frame Relay is not distant sensitive. For example, it costs about the same to connect Seattle-to-Portland as it does to connect Seattle-to-Minneapolis.

Frame Relay can seem a bit murky to the un-initiated. What to get? What not to get? The solution is to "get" Seattle Line Communications to shop for you.

 

 

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T-1 Services

A data T-1 can be a pipe that directly connects your company to an ISP for access to the Internet, or it can be a dedicated pipe (sometimes called a Point-to-Point) connecting two of your offices. Since a T-1 contains 24 64k channels, you can choose how big a pipe you want128k up to 1.54Mb. If yours needs exceed that level, then the Slipstream Broadband becomes quite economical. There is no minimum CIR like Frame Relay. However, T-1s are distant sensitive so their cost is proportionate to the distance from your office to the provider's point of access. There are a zillion T-1 providers out there. Reason enough (again) to let Seattle Line Communications source T-1s for you.

 

 

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