Virginia Broadband Internet
For Virginians, there is a long list of internet service providers (ISPs) offering broadband internet connections. Through technologies like DSL, satellite, cable, and T1 or bonded T1 lines, the consumer is provided with high speed internet access that allows them to comparison shop, make travel arrangements, download movies, and watch streaming and live video — all at incredible speeds.
Digital subscriber lines — DSL, for short — connect the user to the internet through a phone line. In contrast to a dial-up connection, though, DSL allows for an always-on connection that also allows a single phone line to be used for an internet connection and making or receiving calls, at the same time. Some of Virginia’s DSL ISPs are Adelphia, BellSouth, Verizon, and SBC Yahoo! DSL.
A broadband solution for those living in rural parts of Virginia, where other high speed connections are not available, satellite internet provides the user with a fast connection that is highly reliable and affordable. All that is required is a satellite dish, satellite modem, a computer, and an account with a satellite ISP like WildBlue, HughesNet, SkyWay USA, and StarBand.
Making use of the existing cable television network set-ups, cable internet is delivered through the already-installed cable coax that is available in most apartments, condos, and homes. However, instead of delivering television signals, the cable internet delivers data from the internet. A cable modem is required and is usually available from the cable ISP, such as Adelphia, Charter Communications, Comcast, and Cox Communications.
T1 and Bonded T1 Lines
For the small to large business owner who needs to have multiple employees online at the same time, a T1 or bonded T1 lines are the way to go. The technology allows for an almost unlimited amount of data to be transmitted, to and from the internet, by many simultaneous users. Some of the ISPs providing T1 service in Virginia are Covad, Qwest, and Verizon.