DSL Moves To Smaller Markets
The chance to secure a high-speed connection to the Internet is hard even in large metropolitan markets like Dallas. It all depends on where you are located. Although large carriers are concentrating on saturating the top 50 markets, there’s still plenty of room for small providers to get in on the action.
For these companies looking to provide Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL) in smaller markets, the coast is clear. Currently, in second- and third- tier markets, the only competition is from Baby Bells. A client might be able to get T1 (1.5-megabit-per-second) circuits, local loop and traffic combined run area businesses but it will cost him/her about $1,000 per month. Soon, business customers in these smaller markets can sign up for 1.5-Mbps Symmetric DSL circuits for $150 to $170 per month.
A few of the major players at this early stage of the game are Voyager.net, Jato Communications, and PSINet. Voyager.net plans to open markets in Ohio and Michigan early next year. Jato has targeted five cities in Colorado, New Mexico and Utah.
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