A symmetrical Digital Subscriber Line (ADSL) access may be coming soon to a computer near you. Though the superspeedy service, which currently delivers speeds of 1.5Mbps, isn't expected to go mainstream until next year, some local telephone companies have announced plans to offer it by as early as September.
Pacific Bell is testing ADSL Internet access and remote local area network access with approximately 100 customers in the San Francisco Bay Area. In September, Pac Bell plans to roll out ADSL service on a limited basis--primarily to Silicon Valley residents--and will likely expand to additional regions throughout California in the coming years. Because of its anticipated high cost, the service will most benefit companies that use the Internet heavily for downloading and other tasks.
Bell Atlantic is testing ADSL Internet access in the Washington, DC, area; it hopes to bring the high-speed service to the commercial market later this year. Other telephone companies are expected to follow suit with similar announcements of upcoming ADSL service.