DSL service involves a physical data circuit from the customers premise to the telephone company central office. In the central office a virtual connection is made to an ISP that provides connectivity to the Internet backbone as well as host services such as e-mail, news, and web hosting.
We contract with other companies to provide the DSL circuit and data backhaul. Sometimes we have to pay higher rates as a reseller than the telephone companies charge directly to the consumer and as a result our rates are not always as low as we'd like them to be.
Advantages To Purchasing DSL Through Eskimo North
- Our host services are more extensive, flexible, and individualized than you will find elsewhere. It is possible to utilize our hosts services while utilizing another provider for Internet access by purchasing a shell account.
- When you need assistance, you will always get a knowledgable human being and never a phone tree or script reader.
- Our system utilizes platform independent standards and will work with Linux, MacOS, as well as Windows. No special software, firmware, or drivers are required.
- Our usage policy is more liberal than many providers. We allow you to run your own mail, web, game, or other servers for example. We don't have data limits or extra fees.
DSL Verses Cable
While the raw transmit speed of a cable system is generally faster than DSL, there is one significant difference. Cable is a shared access medium. On any given cable segment there are typically between 100 and 1000 customers. The speed is shared by everyone on that segment.
With DSL, you are the only person using the speed of that wire. Newer DSL technology also enables speeds comparable to cable speeds if you are close enough to the central office to take advantage of it. Telcos are installing fiber connected remote DSLAMs to bring more and more people within the reach of the high end of the DSL speed spectrum.
The difference results in differing policies. Cable companies usually have restrictions on the amount of data you can download, our DSL services do not.