Douglas Muth on 20 May 2011 08:58:47 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] ISP's (OT)

On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM, Julien Mills <> wrote:
> All,
> I'm investigating a new ISP for my small to medium sized business.
> At the moment we have SDSL 1.5 Mb for about $269/month from Earthlink.
> I can get 50 down/10 up from Comcast (cable) for about $200/month.

Comcast residential has a bandwidth cap of 250 GB/month.  Not sure
about Comcast business.

> I can get 3 down/768K up from Verizon dsl for about about $100/month.
> A T1 is 1.5 both ways for about $400/month.
> The Verizon guy claims that a T1 at 1.5 Mbps is going to be faster than the 3 M dsl line.  Is he right?  I don't know.  Should I get a T1?

Verizon DSL probably has a cap of some kind.

The big difference with a T1 is that you're very likely going to have
an SLA, AND you can completely fill that pipe with bandwidth. That is,
if you constantly use 1.5 Mbps up and 1.5 Mbps down for an entire
month, your ISP isn't going to care, because you're paying for that.
I guarantee if you use 50/10 for an entire month on the Comcast
connection, you're going to get a nasty phonecall/email from them. :-)

As others have stated, it's a question of how much reliability you
want to pay for.

-- Doug
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