The T1 Internet access has been around
for over 40 years
but never have there been so many "flavors" available.
The number of providers has jumped since deregulation in
1996 from a few dozen to several thousand.
As the telecom shakedown that began in 2001 continues
many of these companies are trying to stay afloat by capturing
as many customers as possible with inexpensive products they
claim to be T1. Don't be fooled!
Many of the desperate companies are putting together
products they claim are T1 products. Be leery of products with
the funny titles like "burstable" and "reach". These products
are oversubscribed much like a DSL product.
This means the provider puts a singled T1 connection in a
CO (Central Office) and sells T1 connections to 3 or 4 customers
hoping they don't all use the service at the same time.
True T1 access means dedicated access to the Internet and
you always have access to 1.54Mbps.
Make sure your T1 product is a "clear channel" product and is
not shared with other users. Also be sure you have an SLA or
Service Level Agreement from your provider.
A SLA will specify the access you will receive and the penalty the
service provider will pay if they do not provide such service. If you
need help establishing the proper SLA seek the help of a
professional if you don't have one in house. Can we assist you?