Texas Broadband Internet
Texas consumers have become weary of ineffectually slow dial-up connections and are seeking out the benefits of broadband internetaccess from their high speed internet service providers (ISPs). They know that without broadband speed, there is much that they are unable to do on the internet — instead of chatting, downloading movies and photos, watching video, and keeping in touch with friends, with dial-up they are stuck listening to busy signals and dealing with dropped connections. But broadband technologies, like DSL, satellite, cable, and T1 or bonded T1 lines, afford the speed that Texans need.
DSL Internet Access
Digital subscriber line — often known by the acronym DSL — provides broadband internet access through a phone line. DSL technology effectively splits a single phone line into high and low frequencies and is able to transmit internet data along the high frequencies and voice along the low frequencies, at the same time. For the consumer, that means using a single line to make calls and surf the internet. AT&T, CenturyLink, Frontier, and SBC Yahoo! DSL all provide DSL access in the state.
Delivered by ISPs like WildBlue, SkyWay USA, StarBand, and HughesNet, satellite internet is the choice of rural Texans who do not have other broadband access options. The high speed connection comes through a satellite modem and a satellite dish, which are connected to the user’s computer.
Most homes, as well as condos and apartments, are now wired for cable television. The same cable coax can be used to provide cable internet access, too — instead of plugging into a cable TV box, the cable connects to a modem, which transmits the data to and from the internet. ISPs like Cable One, Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox Communications, and Time Warner Cable all serve the state.
Bonded T1 and T1 Lines
Businesses of all sizes, throughout Texas, use T1 and bonded T1 lines to get all of their employees online, as the technology is capable of handling multiple users because of a wide bandwidth. Three companies offering T1 service in Texas are Covad, MegaPath, and Qwest.