T3 (DS3) is the established standard for a very fast, reliable connection to the Internet. It is also often used as a reliable method to connect two or more business locations in a private network. In the telephone world, the T1 is used for the delivery of voice trunks to businesses that have a large number of phone lines. Each voice T1 can carry up to 24 voice lines.
An Internet T1 consists of two parts. The first component is called the 'local loop'. The pricing for this part is covered under a tariff filed with the Illinois Commerce Commission. An SBC T1 local loop with a 3 year commitment usually runs about $250 a month plus a mileage charge and taxes. The T1 circuit is always provided by the ILEC (Incumbent Local Exchange Carrier). The ILECs in our area are SBC for most of Rockford, Loves Park and Machesney Park, and Verizon for all of the surrounding communities. You might be buying the loop from someone else (like us) but the copper and the initial configuration comes from your ILEC. A clear-channel full T1 loop is engineered to deliver 1.544Mbps full-duplex (both directions at the same time).
The second component of an Internet T1 is called the 'port'. The port is the pipe to the Internet. All ports are not the same and may be sold as fractional, burstable, shared, full, protected, or bonded. The reliability and performance of your Internet feed depends highly upon the quality, competence, connectivity, and engineering of your ISP. That is why T1s will vary greatly among vendors. Although your local loop may be able to carry 1.5Mbps of data, there is a good chance that your ISP will not have the bandwidth to deliver that much data. We have seen low cost T1s sold as full-1.5Mbps that could not even deliver 768kbps.
Most smaller ISPs will only have one or two T1s for their Internet backbone. With our fiber optic OC-3 connection to SBC, and our redundant licensed DS-3 microwave link to AT&T, Rock River Internet can provide your business with fractional, full, and bonded T1 (DS1) service at lower costs than our competitors and with the reliability, service, and expert local support, that our customers have come to appreciate. Because of our unique backbone, we are the only company in the area that can offer a truely protected T1.
We have multi-homed DS-3 connections on diverse paths from the Internet backbone to our downtown Rockford NOC (Network Operations Center). We use redundant Cisco 7200 family core routers running HSRP for automatic failover and BGP4 routing protocol. Our network has fault tolerance that is unsurpassed in the Rockford area. We are not at the mercy of any one provider's stability and are engineered to run 24/7/365.
All of our dedicated connections include 24/7 monitoring for performance and connectivity and include back-up mail queuing at no additional charge.
Why should you go with us for your T1 service? We are small enough to care, we are local, we are honest, we are progressive, we are responsive, we know what we are selling and we have the in house expertise to install and support it. Call us today at 815-968-9888 or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org with your bandwidth requirements and business location for a custom quote.
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