Washington Broadband Internet
Broadband internet is a necessity in today’s fast-paced world. Without a high speed connection, Washington’s consumers will struggle to do more than basic emailing; but with broadband they can download movies and music, participate in social networking, share videos and photos, comparison shop, and do all of their banking, online. There are many internet service providers (ISPs) delivering high speed internet connections to Washington consumers through technologies like DSL, cable, satellite, and T1 and bonded T1 lines.
DSL Internet Access
DSL — which stands for digital subscriber line — provides broadband internet speeds over a phone line. Unlike what happens with a dial-up connection, where the line is engaged and it is not possible to use the phone line for making and receiving calls when online, DSL technology effectively splits a single line into different frequencies. This allows the subscriber to be talking on the phone and surfing the Net, at the same time, using a single phone line. Several DSL ISPs in Washington include CenturyLink, Qwest, and Verizon.
Cable internet is delivered over the existing cable television coax. However, the existing cable line terminates at a cable modem, which connects the user’s computer to the internet. Most homes and apartments are now wired for cable, so those consumers should also have access to cable internet. Adelphia, Comcast, Charter Communications, and Wave Broadband all deliver cable internet connections to the state.
Using a satellite dish and a specialized satellite modem that connects to the consumer’s computer, satellite internet is the broadband answer for rural or remote residents of Washington State. Satellite internet is available anywhere that there is a clear view to the southern skies, so that the dish can be aligned to the orbiting satellites. The four major satellite internet ISPs are HughesNet, WildBlue, SkyWay USA, and StarBand.
T1 or Bonded T1 Lines
Many businesses, small to large, use T1 or bonded T1 lines to get all of their employees online, at the same time, all at broadband speeds. T1 lines are able to handle large volumes of data, from multiple users, simultaneously. AT&T, MegaPath, and TelePacific all provide T1 access to Washington State.