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					                Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
       ISPs allow a person to connect his/her computer to the internet. This can be done

by using a dial-up connection, Digital Subscriber Line (DSL), Digital Satellite System

(DSS), or a broadband cable connection. The difference between these options is the

technology being used (which directly affects the connection speed) and the cost of the

service. When choosing a method, the user must remember that they all have one thing in

common; they all connect to the same Internet.

       The user must investigate each method in order to determine what will suit his/her

needs. The breakdowns of the different types of service are as follows:

    Broadband Cable- costs about $50.00 to $60.00 a month, utilizes existing cable

       television infrastructure, and has connection speeds that are a minimum of


    Dial-up Connection- costs about $10.00 to $25.00 a month, utilizes existing

       phone lines, and is the slowest of all the services with a 56K modem averaging

       about 40Kbps.

    DSL- costs about $50.00 to $60.00 a month, utilizes existing phone lines, has

       connection speeds from 1.544 Mbps to 512 Kbps downstream, and approximately

       128 Kbps upstream.

    DSS- costs about $60.00 a month (plus $300.00 for installation and satellite dish),

       utilizes a network of satellites, and has connection speeds of around 500 Kbps.

Some of the other things that a user would want to check on is technical support, e-mail

options, and if the service provides you with a personal web page.

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