Far. Fast. Cheap. Phone companies across the country are pushing digital-subscriber lines (DSL) to small businesses that want super-quick Net connections. What are they talking about?

DSL Uses high frequencies transmitted across regular phone lines to send data to your PC up to 126 times faster than via 56K modems.

Mbps Megabits per second is the way Net speeds are measured. Shakespeare's entire works take up 5 megabits.

ADSL Asynchronous DSL. The most common "flavor" of DSL, which allows data to be downloaded about 10 times faster than you send it from your end.

Splitter A small device, necessary for DSL, that attaches to your phone line and splits the data and voice components.

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