Broadband and School

  1. The house I'm moving to does not have DSL or cable, and although I am mourning the loss, I was wondering if anyone actually has any predictions on whether or not I'll be able to use it.

    Is it helpful for school to have broadband, or are all the students simply immersed in book learning?
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  2. 5 Comments

  3. by   WntrMute2
    Schools var greatly, my school had no real online presence while the one we do some of our academic classes with is heavily online. They all don't have broadband tho.
  4. by   nilepoc
    Lets just say my program is trying to become paperless. Broadband is pretty much required, as I keep hearing about more of the class getting it.

    But I am sure it varies from program to program.

    Craig
  5. by   MK2002
    Even though you cannot get cable or DSL you might be able to get ISDN. Few people are aware of this choice for their data connection. The only problem is that ISDN is expensive. Usually, the cost is about $100 per month for everything (line charge + ISP account + annual maintenance fee + numerous taxes). If you can afford it, then get ISDN. It is much better than dialup. You will have a continuous connection with a decent speed of 128K.
  6. by   Brenna's Dad
    I have contacted a few CLEC companies and they all tell me that although I can't get ADSL, I do qualify for SDSL. The problem however, is tht a 384 / 394 connection will cost $115. If I need it for school though, I will be able to talk my wife into getting it. If not, I'm screwed.

    I guess I'll just wait and see.
  7. by   MK2002
    Be sure it is only $115 monthly before you agree to anything. Often there are a lot of hidden extra charges. I know what you mean about the high cost. Some individuals sell a portion of their bandwidth to others in order to reduce their own cost. I have not been happy about paying $100 per month for ISDN these past 3 years. But it sure beats dialup any day.

    Expect the future to be dominated by the cable companies. Time has shown that DSL is not a profitable technology. One after another the DSL providers and hardware manufacturers went bankrupt over the past 2 years, and it is not over yet. What a tragic end to something that began as a great idea.

    My apartment complex was supposed to get DSL. Then a month ago the leasing office told me that the DSL provider they had chosen filed for bankruptcy. I was not surprised in the least. Supposedly, the complex will be getting cable data service in January. I will believe it when I see it.

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