|2Alpha||$60||$40||1000||$15 per 1000||yes||3||5||yes||yes||none||6||.||.||.||SOHO o.k.||2Alpha|
|AlternateAccess||$25||$20||unlim||unlim||no||1||10||no||no||20 hours||6||.||.||.||no commercial.||AlternateAccess|
O O O
|$50||$25||2000||$10 per 1000||$5/mo||1||10||$10||no||30 hours||6||ask||savvis||frntr||SOHO o.k.||Connect NW|
|Emerald Net||none||$20||5000||$10 per 1000||yes||3||10||yes||yes||?||6||.||.||.||Web email||Emerald Net|
|GTE *||$? *||$25||unlim||unlim||no||1||?||?||?||?||.||.||.||.||No details available||GTE *|
|NetAmerica||$25||$20||1000||$12 per 1000||no||1||5||no||no||no||.||.||.||.||no commercial.||NetAmerica|
|NW Link||none||$25||1000||$10 per 1000||two!||1||10||no||no||yes||.||.||.||.||.||NW Link|
|NWNexus||$50||$20||500||$10 per 500||yes||1/3||none||yes||no||none||6+N||.||.||.||DNS $75 setup||NWNexus|
|OlyWA Net||$25||$25||unlim||unlim||yes||1/5||5||yes||no||10 hours||.||.||.||.||SOHO o.k.||OlyWA Net|
|Oz||none||$20||1500||$10 per 1000*||yes||1||10||no*||no||yes||6||.||.||.||Covad plan||Oz|
|Pioneer Net||free||$25||unlim||unlim||yes||2||10||no||no||20 hours||.||Y||p2pT3
|T1||SOHO o.k.||Pioneer Net|
|SeaNet||$?||$22||500||$20 per 1000||no||1||5||no||no||20 hours||.||.||.||.||.||SeaNet|
|Speakeasy||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||$? *||.||.||.||.||.||Speakeasy|
|US West *||$? *||$18||unlim||unlim||no||2||2||no||no||10 hours||.||.||.||.||.||US West *|
|Virtual net svcs||none||$20||1000||$10 per 1000||Yes||4||5||no||no||yes||.||.||.||.||no commercial.||Virtual net svcs|
|Worldlink||$25||$20||1000||$15 per 1000||yes||2||10||no||no||none||.||.||.||.||.||Worldlink|
Peering agreements with SIX or NIX give your ISP faster access to other Seattle ISPs.
Many ISPs in the Seattle region also provide internet connectivity via Covad ADSL. This is more reliable than the USWest network because Covad maintains their own DSLAMs in the telco C/Os and routes the data entirely outside USWest. Be sure to check this new development. For example Oz Net offers complete, turnkey 384/384 Covad connections only $65/month. Since GTE and USWest charge around $40/ month including taxes for 256/64 connection, and ISPs charge at least $20, it is time for me to change providers!
Some ISPs do not post sufficient detail on their DSL page to enable an informed decision by the public. This is no different than any other segment of the American economy, I suppose.
It turns out that ISPs have stark, glaring differences in Terms of Service.
Some ISPs have *no contract terms* on their web page, and some lack
details. But some ISPs have stated policies that accommodate the real-world ADSL customer
(SOHO O.K.) For example
"...intended as a high speed replacement for dialup accounts (single user home and small business Internet access), and should not be used for large business activities like the running of high volume Web, FTP or Email servers."
Notice that 10 ISPs offer Static IPs but 6 ISPs offer DHCP. If you are hardwired to the ISP's server, you are going to consume one of his IP addresses 24 hours a day and there is little technical or economic reason to give you a dynamic IP, except to block you from running a web server (or quake, mpeg, spam server). All of this is fine with me, no aspersions intended. I'm just mentioning it. For example, nobody will be able to call you with Net Meeting, just a few minor problems like that.
Notice that 7 ISPs offer unlimited capacity and 8 have metered limits of 500Megs/1500Megs a month. Hmmmmm. And some of the unlimited providers are OK for SOHO users. I jumped to Isomedia ISDN last year when it was half the price of other ISDN providers--and I bet right because the performance was just as good. Maybe that is the right thing to do with ADSL, too.
I went with NWNexus for their stability. Its not the cheapest but I quit looking for a free lunch, and decided to pay for my bandwidth, in exchange for the right to use my goddamned connection any way I want.
This information is posted for the user group as a public
service. No warranties of accuracy are expressed/implied.
I contacted every ISP above. All ISPs have various additional offerings. ISP's often modifiy their ADSL account terms. I will be happy to update this, add more ISPs, or correct any mistakes. Please email me with the following information:
Todd F. Boyle CPA www.gldialtone.com last Updated on 2/24/99
Here are the ISPs supported as destinations by GTE/Verizon in Seattle area as of 11/15/2000