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The benefits of the internet to entertainment, education, the economy and society have only been made possible by our ability to send large volumes of information electronically over long distances. And the faster the connection, the more information we can send.
ADSL was the first widely available method for connecting to broadband internet in Australia2, and though its speed has now been eclipsed by ADSL2+, it’s still a viable option worth considering for its wide availability and ease of connection.
With ADSL connections so common across Australia, and competition between providers, it’s a buyers’ market for ADSL.
One of the main reasons ADSL is so widespread can be found in the technology it uses to deliver internet to households. ADSL can be installed anywhere there’s a copper telephone line, which means it’s available to most of the Australian population.
In the early days of the dial-up modem, you couldn’t use your phone and your internet connection at the same time. These days, you can, because the signals are separated.
Connecting to ADSL is easy, and usually doesn’t require much more equipment or wiring than you’ve already got at home. You’ll need:
If you’ve decided that ADSL is the right connection for you, there are just a few more things to keep in mind when you compare providers. We’ll walk you through them.