Quality of Internet Providers

Steven Gruchawka (sgru@earthlink.net)
Fri, 23 Feb 1996 10:29:19 -0400


Can someone tell me what criteria does one use to select an internet
provider for using CU-SeeMe over a 28,800 bps modem - aside from price and
whether they have a local or 800 number?

Some providers have much faster equipment and more phone lines. How do you
determine this in advance before you sign up? What questions do you ask
them?

I have heard of "T1" connections. What is this? What other types of
connections are there - which is best?

I am presently signed up with two providers using MacTCP\MacPPP. One I have
to pay for by the hour but get very good service most of the time over an
800 number. The other is unlimited access at a local phone number but
connections are flaky - more often than not giving me "does not have a DNS
entry" error messages when using Netscape 2.0. I want to switch this latter
provider for a more reliable one, but don't what to ask, so as not to get
another flaky provider. I've talked to this provider on they phone to
troubleshoot and get the impression they are stumbling around in the dark
like I am, and don't quite know what they are doing.

By the way, I found this site that gives a list of Internet Providers by
state or area code - it lists prices and great detail:
http://thelist.com/

Thanks, -Steve