The following article explains the differences between broadband Internet service and T1 Internet. It also a few of the features offered by T1 Internet providers.
A typical DSL broadband Internet refers to high speed Internet access to homes and small size establishments. It is a technique of conveying numerous simultaneous data channels. While T1 Internet providers perform the same function as that of a broadband connection, of providing Internet access, the main difference lies in the speed of connectivity and the reliability of service offered.
First of all, the major difference between T1 Internet providers and regular broadband lines lies in the bandwidth and level of subscription. T1 lines are leased line operators that offer digital transmission of high speed connectivity at 1.544Mbits per second. Before the service reaches the consumers, it is seldom oversubscribed. DSL or broadband works a lot differently. It costs less because of over subscription. Where a T1 line runs directly into the Internet, DSL lines operate through a device called DSLAM which acts as a point of collection between broadband subscribers and T1 Internet connection. In the case of DSL, for every megabyte of demand, what is actually available is only one portion of it. In the case of a T1 line, every megabyte capacity is available only to a single customer. This means, if the service provider offers a 3 Mbps DSL connection to its consumers, the same can be shared by 4 to 25 customers. Although this will cost less than a T1 line, the biggest drawback is that the speed will get significantly slower when the DSLAM gets demanding.
T1 Internet providers give you a written assurance of 1.5 MB up and 1.5 MB down dedicated connection, 24/7 which is not shared with anyone unlike a DSL connection. You are also not limited by distance as in the case of DSL. If your location can get a phone line, it can get a T1 line too. There is also a 99.99% up-time guarantee. Having said this, it does not make sense to have a T1 line for your residence as the costs are high to justify and it is difficult to find a provider for less than $300 a month. It is mostly suited for businesses only.
Some of the top T1 Internet providers in the US are VPM Internet Services Inc., Webpipe.Net, TELLAS, YEYZOO.NET, Quantum Internet Services, Inc., TechWarrior.net, C4 Communications Inc. and Silicon Networks, to name a few.
An Internet connection is very critical as it can affect the businesses drastically. When DSL connections get snapped, even the monthly savings on these connections will not match the loss in productivity. So, it is better to go in for T1 Internet providers which are more reliable.
In addition to the T1 Internet providers mentioned in this article, there are plenty of other companies also that provide T1 Internet. To know which provider is best suited for your business you need to compare quotes but rather than looking at what you get free, look at the costs in the long run as most “free” offers are simply eye wash.