The situation varies from location to location, but in many places, there is now a fair bit of competition in the local Internet connectivity market. Most cities of any size have at least one cable provider who offers high-speed connections, and these are often popular with consumers for the value they represent. Similarly, there are typically a number of business-oriented providers of connections based on the T-carrier technology that has been popular for many years. Filling a bit of a gap between such offerings, the DSL services Redmond providers make available have some advantages of their own.
Those who have been using the Internet for much more than a decade probably remember dial-up connections which made use of traditional phone lines. These analog connections were valuable in those early days because they made use of that existing resource, but they presented some great downsides in the form of their slowness and unreliability. It wasn’t long before providers figured out how to use those same phone lines in a more efficient way, however, and this resulted in the development of the DSL services Redmond residents make use of today.
These digital subscriber lines offer fantastic reliability in general, being comparable in terms of service uptime to traditional analog phone service. Because each DSL connection represents an unshared conduit between a particular subscriber’s location and a telephone company switchboard, it also offers consistent bandwidth. Cable connections, on the other hand, put a number of subscribers onto the same trunk line, so that the bandwidth available to any one of them can vary depending on the others’ usage.
These two positive factors make DSL a great fit for consumers and businesses who are after the highest reliability possible, without paying the much greater expenses of standard business-class connectivity. DSL connections, in fact, tend to be just as affordable as those offered by cable companies, as local providers like ISOMEDIA seek to capture a share of that market with their products. As with cable connections, DSL connections are relatively easy to install and get running, too, so those seeking to make a switch to this form of Internet access can expect very reasonable activation and equipment charges.