What's Better....DSL, Cable, Or Satellite Internet Access? Written by Michael Lemm
Well...that depends. Of course for residential service it appears you may have lots of choices. But then again old adage of Real Estate industry that goes "location, location, location" really rings true here. You may think you have lots of choices when in fact you've got diddly. City folks fair pretty well .... but if you're in a rural location do your homework. Finding something available to you at a reasonable cost can be tough. You may get stuck with a very expensive satellite provider as your only choice. Unless you do some homework first.
I suggest you look over all resources available at DSLReports.com to help with your search. They have a pretty good comparison of providers, reviews by users, and even list some smaller regional vendors to expand your choices and maybe save your pocketbook.
DS3 Price Trends Written by Michael Lemm
Like most telecommunications services DS3 prices (commonly known as T3) have been falling for last few years. This is due to several factors. Competition has been heating up since deregulation in 1996. The number of companies offering DS3 service has exploded. With more competition in marketplace service providers have to reduce their DS3 prices to attract customers and keep them from going to competitors. DS3 service providers are desperate to keep margins but even more desperate to keep adding customers. This competetive arena has created a buyers market for DS3 lines and pricing is as favorable as it has ever been!
The soft economy and crash of stock market has also contributed to reduction in DS3 prices. Since peak of market in 1999 many companies have gone out of business and no longer require service. This means there's a smaller pie available and there are plenty of telecom providers trying to get their share. Once again, buyer is in control and can shop until he or she finds price that is right for them.