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Digital Subscriber Line How many times have you just wanted to jump on the internet and do some web surfing perhaps even download a few of your favorite tunes from Napster What seemed like a perfect idea just turned into endless time in front of the monitor because your Internet connection has not been maximized The objective of this paper is to examine the use of DSL and its effects on todays technological based society Digital Subscriber Line or more commonly known as DSL is a broad band technology that uses existing telephone lines and digital coding to create a connection to the Internet from your computer The digital lines make the transmission of computer information faster and more reliable The same copper-based lines that let you make and receive telephone calls are used at a higher frequency DSL modems are hooked up at both ends of a telephone line one in the home the other at the nearest telephone company switching station The modems digitally divide the telephone into three channels One handles the telephone traffic the other handles the upstream information from your computer to the internet and the third channel handles the downstream information traffic from the Internet to your computer The technology can deliver information ranging from 128kbps to 71 mbps That is from six to 125 times faster than the standard dial-up connections speed of 288 or 56 kbps With DSL you can o Download vast amounts of data from the Internet in half the time it would take for a dial-up service o Jump from Web site to web site with blazing speeds o Access a variety of information news and entertainment A host of telephone carriers in North America Europe and even a handful of independent companies will provide DSL There are several forms of DSL services available for home and business o ADSL Asymmetrical Digital Subscriber Line is designed primarily for the residential
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