Getting advanced digital access.
You've historically been at the mercy of your phone company when asking for advanced, digital services. Either your carrier had high-speed, digital lines in your neighborhood or it didn't. To worsen matters, there was nothing you could do--new phone companies couldn't afford the cost of laying fiber optic cables in every city neighborhood to service a smattering of small or homebased businesses.
But guess what? Smaller phone companies are starting to offer high-speed, digital subscriber line (DSL) technology to entrepreneurs. One firm, New York City Transwire Communications, offers the service to East Coast small businesses and is planning a national expansion.
Using an 1MB modem, the company provides outgoing and incoming telecommunications services at 17 times the speed of the 56K analog modem, Transwire's Dennis Kruse says. Currently, 200 companies have signed up for the service, according to Kruse.
The package costs $199 per month and includes a 24-hour-a-day, seven-day-a-week online connection, an e-mail address and other telecommunications services.
Siemens Communications Devices, (972) 997-7300, http://www.siemenscordless.com
Transwire Communications, Schwartz Co., 230 Third Ave., Waltham, MA 02154