Broadband is often called high-speed Internet, because it usually has a high rate of data. In general, any connection to the customer of 256 kBit/s or more is considered broadband Internet.

There are several different Internet connectivity types as xDSL, T1, T3, TV cable, Phone line, Fiber optic, Wireless, Satellite - all of them with their own advantages and disadvantages. Broadband Internet

A variety of Internet connectivity solutions are on the market to meet the data needs of your company, SOHO or or just your regular connectivity requirements at home. Macrolevel has the expertise to recommend services from a wide variety of quality service providers like Covad, Verizon, Time Warner Cable, Earthlink, DSLnet, etc. to our existing and upcoming business and residential customers.

Always on connection

More than just the practical benefits of a faster connection, broadband can also change the way you approach using the Internet. With a dial-up connection you may consider it a nuisance to log on frequently to look up small items online - for example, using the Yellow Pages to find a phone number. If, instead, you have an always-on, fast connection, these tasks can be completed quickly, with little fuss. This may seem a trivial example, but it demonstrates a change to a more casual approach to Internet usage.


The standard technology in most areas is T1 for businesses with in-house servers; xDSL, followed by cable modem. Newer technologies for twisted pair phone lines such as VDSL and pushing fiber optic connections closer to the subscriber in both telephone and cable plants are opening up the possibility of higher performance for streaming data, such as audio and video streams. There are now many streaming audio services, and several streaming video services. In a few of the many areas not served by cable or ADSL, community organizations have begun to install Wi-Fi networks.Broadband satellite internet

ISDN is an older telephone data service that can operate at speeds of up to 128 kbit/s. It is therefore not really considered a true form of broadband, but it does have the advantage that it can share an existing phone line, and it has no distance limitations like DSL. When a phone call occurs, some of the bandwidth is allocated to the call, reducing the connection speed. When the call ends, the connection increases speed again. ISDN is a relatively low-cost option for rural users with otherwise terrible dial up access speeds, but it is starting to be phased out and is no longer available in some areas.

Several rural broadband solutions exist, though each has its own pitfalls and limitations. Some choices are better than others, but depend on how proactive the local phone company is about upgrading their rural technology.

Satellite Internet

This broadband connection employs a satellite in geo stationary orbit to relay data from the satellite company to each customer. Satellite Internet is usually among the most expensive ways of gaining broadband Internet access, but in rural areas it is often the only viable option. However costs have been coming down in recent times to the point that it is becoming more competitive with other high speed options.

Our role

We are not obligated to one carrier and this keeps us in a position of objectivity and loyalty to you. For companies that have greater data needs, Macrolevel offers advice in choosing T1 to T3, ISDN Direct and Frame Relay services.

Let us find, order, schedule, and manage the installation of the best Internet connectivity solution for your needs. Contact Macrolevel today.

*Corresponding service purchase required. Included in "Broadband availability check and installation assistance" service.