Business DSL Service

Business DSL Service

Commission River offers a wide variety of broadband services and access methods to best suit your business needs. Small offices may find that an inexpensive ADSL connection is all that they need to provide their employees with basic e-mail access and web surfing, while larger businesses will usually require the reliability of a high-capacity T1 circuit for hosting multiple servers and workstations. Some of your broadband choices may include:


Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Line, or ADSL, is a broadband service that requires you to have an existing analog (business) phone line at your location. ADSL uses the existing copper wiring from your local telephone company to carry its broadband signal directly to your office. You must be within approximately 15,000 feet of your local telephone company's nearest Central Office in order for ADSL service to work at top speeds. In some cases, this can be extended to 20,000 feet or more, albeit at slower speeds.'s patented technology will automatically calculate the distance between your office and the nearest Central Office in order to determine if you qualify for this service, and at what speeds. ADSL is available in a wide range of speeds and service options. In most cases, it is the least expensive way for businesses to obtain broadband service. ADSL will not affect your normal telephone service in any way. It works great for web browsing, downloading, file transfers, streaming audio and video, real-time simulation games and even VoIP service. However, it is not generally recomended for use with Internet server applications. You will need a more expensive and reliable SDSL or T1 connection if you plan on hosting your own web or mail servers.


Symmetric Digital Subscriber Line is commonly known in the industry as "Naked DSL", or "SDSL" service. Unlike ADSL, SDSL does not require you to have an existing phone line with your local telephone company or subscribe to analog telephone service. SDSL uses the same copper wires that are normally used for making voice telephone calls. However, SDSL lines are completely dedicated to carrying broadband data for Internet connectivity. Since the service is "symmetrical", you can expect upload speeds to be equivalent to download speeds in most instances. When used in conjunction with a static IP address, SDSL service can be used in server applications as well as for general downloading and web browsing. It is the perfect solution for small companies that need a reliable connection for Voice Over Internet service (VoIP). SDSL's flexibility can rival that of more expensive T1 service, at a fraction of the cost.

Broadband via Satellite

Broadband via satellite is a wireless technology that requires no connection to your local telephone or cable company. Unlike DSL and cable modem technology, satellite broadband service is available anywhere in the U.S. with a clear view of the Southern horizon. Therefore, most searches will show this as an available option. All systems include professional installation with your subscription. A local installer will make certain that your location is not obstructed by trees or other objects prior to performing the actual installation. While broadband via satellite may be a good choice for small, rural businesses with no other means of connectivity, it is not generally recommended for tasks other than web surfing, uploading/downloading files and sending/receiving e-mails. Specifically, satellite broadband can not be used for VPNs or for most server-type applications. The inherent delay in transmitting a signal to a satellite that is located 22,300 miles from the Earth's surface (that's a 44,000 mile round-trip!) presents special challenges for applications that demand real-time synchronization. These include VoIP, video conferencing, streaming audio and video, interactive simulations or video games, etc. We do not recommend broadband via satellite for these applications.

Cable Modem Service

Where available, cable modem service provides high-speed Internet connectivity using a combination of fiberoptics and coaxial cable. Cable modem service is often available as part of a "triple-play" bundle of services that include broadband Internet connectivity, digital cable television programming and digital telephone service. Installation is done by your local cable company. Download speeds are among the fastest available anywhere. Upload speeds are slower, but more than fast enough for the majority of applications. Cable modem service is not recommended for use by Internet servers for a variety of reasons. However, it is usually more than sufficient for use in web surfing, file uploading/downloading, establishment of Virtual Private Networks, video conferencing, carrying Voice Over Internet calls, streaming audio and video, e-mail, and much more.

T1 Service

Commercial T1 service offers the most application flexibility, the most stable network connectivity, the fastest turnaround times on troubleshooting and repair, the most reliable, guaranteed upload and download speeds and best professional 24/7 Network Operations Center support available anywhere. You will quite simply never be able to obtain this level of network reliability or customer service with any commercial DSL or cable modem provider. T1 service is for companies that can not afford downtime, and demand an immediate response regarding network problems, though these are very rare with T1 internet service. Regardless of which provider you choose, your Service Level Agreement should include guaranteed response times that are measured in minutes or hours, not days or weeks. This includes nights and weekends. T1 circuits can be used in just about every type of application that you can imagine. From basic web browsing to hosting hundreds of independent websites, T1 technology has you covered. It is almost always the best choice for VoIP, web hosting, mail server hosting, Virtual Private Network, real-time video and audio conferencing, point-to-point branch office connections, streaming audio and video hosting, and much, much more. Although T1 service is generally the most expensive technology available from our vendors, it is truly in a class by itself when it comes to quality and reliability. Speeds are available starting at 1.54MBps.

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