Getting on the Internet requires:
Computer and Monitor
Telephone Line
Internet Service Provider (ISP)
Communications Software

space Phone lines are capable of carrying information in the form of voice conversations. But they can also carry computer data, such as e-mail or Web pages, with the help of a modem. When ordering a phone line for Internet use at home, any telephone line will do -- you won't need to specify that it's for Internet use. But inside your school, check with your computer support person. Some schools use telephone switching equipment, called a PBX. If your school uses a PBX, you'll need to specify a dedicated modem line -- as opposed to a normal voice line -- when requesting additional lines for Internet use.

If you're just starting on the Web, we recommend that you use a regular phone line with a 33.6 modem or, if you're working inside a PBX environment as described above, a dedicated modem line. More sophisticated telephone services, such as ISDN, 56K leased lines, and T-1 connections, offer several simultaneous connections to the Internet at considerably faster connection speeds. These services are more expensive and may involve additional installation, hardware, and maintenance costs, but if you have the resources available, they are worth investigating.

Remember, all telephone service, including leased lines and ISDN lines, that connects schools to the Internet is eligible for the E-Rate discount. See Funding Ideas for K-12.

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