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Broadband Opportunities for Rural America


Broadband Opportunities

Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) Services

DSL Technologies

dsl imageDSL is the technology most commonly used by local telephone carriers for providing high-speed data services. DSL electronically enhances the conventional copper telephone voice line, enabling it to simultaneously provide both voice service and high-speed data traffic. While there are a number of variations of DSL, the most common residential service is asymmetric DSL, or ADLS. The service is asymmetric because it typically provides download speeds that are faster than the upload speeds. Conventional ADSL services offers downloads at speeds ranging from 1.5 Mbps to 5 Mbps or 8 Mbps over shorter distances. Newer technologies being deployed can support download speeds of 20-30 Mbps.

DSL Resources
 Diagram of DSL Technology (pdf)
 FCC Wireline Competition Bureau

FCC Proceedings Related to Wireline Broadband
The Commission in recent years has taken numerous steps to provide incentives for companies to invest in wireline broadband service by removing unnecessary regulations so that consumers can enjoy the benefits of a competitive marketplace.

 FCC Proceedings Related to Wireline Broadband

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