One of the most popular ways to connect to the Internet is through a Digital Subscriber Line — more commonly known as DSL. But what is DSL and how do you find out if it’s available in your area? We answer those questions and more below to help you determine if DSL is a good fit for your Internet needs.
What Is DSL?
DSL connections rely on copper wires to transmit data to and from your computer over the Internet. The best part of this setup is that these copper wires are already in place in most homes and businesses — they’re the same lines used to deliver landline phone services.
Despite the fact that these services run along the same lines, customers don’t have to have a landline phone subscription in order to access DSL Internet. As long as they have the infrastructure, they can purchase Internet as a standalone product.
For customers who do use a home telephone, DSL won’t interfere with voice calls. The frequency used to transmit computer data is higher than the frequency used to transmit voice and sound data. Because they use different frequencies, DSL and your home phone can use the same line at the same time without any issues.
Where Is DSL Available?
Because DSL utilizes existing phone lines to connect to the Internet, it’s one of the most widely accessible Internet options out there. Essentially, if you can get a home phone, chances are you can get a connection. DSL — along with many other Internet choices — is available in several big cities and metropolitan areas, providing connectivity to millions. The service is also available in many rural and remote areas, which isn’t always true for Internet connections that rely on cable or fiber-optic networks.
DSL is a pretty reliable service, though it is somewhat affected by how far users are from their provider — the closer you are to your company’s main communications center, the faster your Internet speeds will be. However, depending on how you use the Internet, you may not need very high speeds to be happy online, especially if you’ve been stuck with dial-up Internet until now.
How Do I Check if My Area Has CenturyLink Internet?
CenturyLink offers several different telecommunication plans, ranging from TV options to Internet packages. Select company offerings are currently available in at least 36 states, including most areas throughout the West and Midwest. Several southern states also have access to CenturyLink Internet, though a few are still without the company’s services. Currently, the Northeast is the area with the least access to CenturyLink.
To find out if CenturyLink® High-Speed Internet is available in your area, enter your ZIP code into our availability page to see a list of CenturyLink products available in your area. You can also call 855-640-4510 to learn more about CenturyLink® High-Speed Internet and which deals are available where you live.