The First Step

So where to start? The first question small businesses or home workers must ask is whether they need broadband services, such as DSL or cable modem service, or whether they need just dialup Internet services.

Broadband DSL

Broadband services sound more complicated than they are. DSL (digital subscriber line) users subscribe to a special telephone line. The connection offers fast access that is always on. No dialing, waiting for modems to shake hands, etc.—just pure bandwidth. Typical DSL services range from approximately $40 a month to more than $175 a month; the more money, the faster the service and the more bells and whistles. Prices can come in higher, because users must pay for the line as well as the Internet services.

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