Comparison of DSL in California

by Mary Burgess

Most providers of DSL service to the residents of California are California-based companies. Pacific Online in Santa Rosa, Coastal Web Online in Sacramento, Chico Net in Chico, Castles in Vacaville and NorCal in El Dorado Hills provide DSL service throughout the state. In addition to these providers, Copper.net provides DSL to some addresses in Valley Springs, and Verizon provides DSL service throughout the state.

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Pacific Online

Pacific Online provides DSL in California. Download speeds for standard DSL, which requires AT&T; phone service, are from 384 Kbps to 6 Mbps; upload speeds are from 128 Kbps to 608 Kbps. Dry DSL works with or without a phone line. Single-pair dry DSL connects to your home through one Internet access line. Download speeds are from 1.5 Mbps to 20 Mbps; upload speed is 1 Mbps. Dual-pair dry DSL connects through two Internet access lines. Download speeds are from 3 Mbps to 40 Mbps; upload speed is 2 Mbps. Service includes up to 10 email addresses, 100 MB of personal web space and an Ethernet ADSL modem. You also need an Ethernet card.

Coastal Web Online

Coastal Web Online provides DSL with downstream speeds from 1,500 Kbps to 6,000 Kbps. Upstream speeds are from 384 Kbps to 608 Kbps. Speeds are hundreds of times faster than dial-up service. Service includes five email addresses, spam filtering and a backup 56K dial-up account. You can lease or purchase the equipment, which includes a modem and a wireless router. Professional installation is optional.

Chico Net

Chico Net provides two types of DSL in California. Dynamic IP DSL means that your Internet address changes every time you connect. Download speeds are from 256 Kbps to 6 Mbps; upload speeds are from 96 Kbps to 768 Kbps. Static IP DSL means that your Internet address stays the same. Download speeds are from 384 Kbps to 6 Kbps; upload speeds are from 128 Kbps to 768 Kbps. Service includes 15 email accounts with 1 GB of storage each, a firewall, web hosting, technical support and a backup dial-up account.

Castles

Castles provides DSL with download speeds from 768 Kbps to 6 Kbps. Upload speeds are from 384 Kbps to 768 Kbps. You must have AT&T; residential phone service. There is a one-time charge for equipment, which includes a modem and a wireless router. You also need an Ethernet card. Service includes five email accounts and technical support.

NorCal

NorCal provides DSL in California. Downstream speeds are from1.5 Mbps to 6 Mbps, from 25 times to 100 times faster than dial-up. You must have an SBC/AT&T; phone line. Service includes 15 email accounts, virus scanning, spam filtering and technical support. Static IP addresses are optional.

Copper.net

Copper.net provides DSL in Valley Springs, California, but not to all addresses. The addresses must be sufficiently close to a Digital Subscriber Line Access Multiplexers, or DSLAM, which are installed by the local telephone company. Speeds are up to 19 times faster than dial-up service. Many factors may cause connection speeds to vary within the area. Service includes five email accounts, 30 hours of backup dial-up access, a pop-up blocker and technical support.

Verizon

Verizon provides DSL throughout California. Download speeds are from .5 Mbps to 7.15 Mbps. A wireless router lets multiple computers access the Internet when they are within the router signal area. Service includes nine email accounts, 10 MB of personal web space, technical support and protection from viruses and spam.

About the Author

Mary Burgess has over 30 years experience as a writer. She wrote manuals and online help for software products and edited educational documents for online courses offered by a nonprofit organization. Burgess has a Bachelor of Science in Latin from the University of Memphis.

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