Matt Simmons on 20 May 2011 09:15:38 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] ISP's (OT)

The strengths of a T1 is that it is reliable. It is a dedicated circuit back to the telco, and you won't be interrupted or have your speeds influenced by other users in your area. You also get a Service Level Agreement (SLA) that guarantees you compensation if the service is available less than a certain amount of time a month (usually 99.9% or something similar).Â

The cable services that you mentioned are all considered "best effort", an the speeds are influenced by the traffic of other customers on the same distribution network as you.Â

To really give you advice, we should probably know more info about the use case. How many people will be using the service? What do they use it for? Will you be hosting any servers?

Things like this may change the answer.Â


On Fri, May 20, 2011 at 11:15 AM, Julien Mills <> wrote:

I'm investigating a new ISP for my small to medium sized business.Â
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.

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?

I'm tempted to go with Comcast, less reliable I'm sure but way faster for the money. For us, I'm not sure it's worth paying for reliability we don't need.

So, any thoughts? Any other paths I should investigate?


Julien M.

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