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How do I get a T1 Line?

By Ken Black
Updated May 17, 2024
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Getting a T1 line is a good way to provide increased functionality in productivity to your business. These lines are one of the fastest connections for Internet and voice available. While they can cost a great deal of money, they are also capable of replacing multiple phone lines and other data connections. Therefore, the T1 line is often considered an appropriate solution for many business environments, but impractical for most home users.

The first step to getting a T1 line is determining whether your business really needs such a line. If you have multiple phone lines for which you are paying, and you have Internet service, a T1 line may be a consideration. This is especially true if the bandwidth you currently have for your data processes is not adequate, and often gets bogged down.

Second, once you determine that you need a T1 line, you must check with your local service providers. Not all telecommunications companies offer T1 connections, especially in rural areas. While many providers may excel at other methods of high speed Internet, T1 lines are often considered more of a specialty product, and may not have as much market demand in your particular area. This is not usually a problem in well populated areas.

If you find providers that offer a T1 line, then you should compare the benefits and prices, especially if you have more than one provider in your area. Further, comparing a T1 service with your current service, or available upgrade, may also help you determine whether the overall price is worth it to you. Keep in mind that a T1 line can often run several hundred dollars or more, depending on the area.

The next step is to call the company and request the service. Often, companies will require a contract in order to secure a certain price. Once the contract expires, the price may remain the same, or be adjusted according to the needs of the company. You then have the option of accepting the new terms or searching for other service providers.

Also, a T1 line will require special connections, both for Internet connectivity and phone service. There is a box that the line runs into, most often referred to as a modem, though it more accurately is called a channel service unit/data service unit (CSU/DSU). This is a standard piece of equipment that comes with almost any type of high speed Internet connection, but installation could be more expensive for T1 service, depending on the provider. From there, you can run an ethernet cable to your computer, or use a wireless router.

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