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What Kind of Connection?

Not long ago, you had one choice to make for your Internet connection: which brand of modem to buy. Now, options abound, and you can choose among several technologies, speeds, and types of Internet service providers. Your choice of a way to connect your computer to the Internet involves a trade-off between performance and cost; more money gets you a faster link. However, the balance points are changing rapidly.

Connection Technologies

A huge technology shift is taking place, as high-speed digital connection services are being deployed worldwide. The telephone system as you know it will undergo a dramatic change in the next decade. It's likely that per-minute and distance-rated telephone charges will disappear entirely, and you'll pay a flat rate for data connectivity over which you can talk, send email, shop, or browse the Web.


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