Pennsylvania Broadband Internet
Broadband or high speed internet connections are essential for those living in Pennsylvania who want to look-up information, connect with friends, shop, or pursue educational goals. Broadband internet connectivity is available through different delivery technologies, including cable, satellite, DSL, and T1 or bonded T1 lines. There are many internet service providers (ISPs) in Pennsylvania, providing high speed services.
A cable internet account gives the consumer an always-on, reliable, and affordable means to getting on the internet. The connection is delivered through the cables that normally provide cable television signals; for cable internet, though, the cable connections to a modem which transmits data to and from the internet. Pennsylvania’s cable ISPs include: Time Warner, RCN, Cox Communications, Comcast, Blue Ridge Communications, and Adelphia.
For those people who live in rural areas of Pennsylvania — areas where other broadband internet technologies are not available — satellite internet provides a method for connecting at high speeds, through a satellite dish and modem. All that is needed is clear line of sight to the southern skies, where the satellite internet satellites are orbiting. Providers of satellite internet access include SkyWay USA, StarBand, WildBlue, and HughesNet.
DSL — a shortened version of digital subscriber line — technology uses a specialized phone jack to split a single telephone line into high / low frequencies. Effectively creating two phone lines from one, this allows the DSL subscriber to be using a single phone line for internet connectivity and making or receiving phone calls, at the same time. SBC Yahoo! DSL, CenturyLink, and Verizon are some of the DSL ISPs for the state.
T1 and Bonded T1 Lines
Many Pennsylvania business owners — for any size company — turn to T1 or bonded T1 lines to get their employees online, sending and receiving data, simultaneously. The technology is widely available and provides enough bandwidth for multiple users. Some companies offering T1 service in the state are TW Telecom, MegaPath, Covad, and Qwest.