Quick Look at a Faster Connection

High-speed connections to the Internet are available through standard phone lines. Local phone companies offer the service, known as the Integrated Services Digital Network, or ISDN.

What is ISDN?
It is a phone line divided into two large paths and a smaller path, making it possible to be on the phone and the Internet at the same time.

Main Lines Can be used for Internet connection or phone calls.

Administrative Line Used by phone company to set up user's calls.

The Cost of Cyberspeed

The monthly cost to use an ISDN line to put up a Web site varies widely. Here is a sampling of ISDN charges. The figures do not include installation charges or "distance" fees tacked on to the bills of people who live on the outskirts of a town.

*Figures are for the proposed charges. The current charges are $63.62 for 100 hours and $268.32 to be on line constantly.

Source: Consumer Project on Technology

Credit: The New York Times
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