Moving into the fast lane
By Times staff writer
© St. Petersburg Times, published August 28, 2000
Availability: Is it available in your neighborhood? Not all cable TV companies have upgraded their equipment to offer the service. And DSL phone service works only within a certain distancefrom a phone company's central office.
Choosing an Internet service provider: Consumers have to use the cable company's ISP. DSL gives consumers more choices, though most companies will try to sell both the connection and ISP service together.
Backup: Problems with outages, particularly for DSL, have been reported around the country. For those who can't afford to be offline, keeping the trusty 56K modem and a dial-up account is probably a good idea.
The 56K modem, the standard device for dial-up phone connections, has been around since 1997, almost an eternity for a computer part. But more people still use such connections because they are available everywhere and are cheaper than high-speed services. Here's a comparison of speed and costs for home users:
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