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DSL ISPs: America Online, Aplus.net, Atlantech Online, CompUSnet Internet Solutions, CrossLink Internet Services, Department of Internet, DirecTV, DSLi, EarthLink, Megapipe Communications, Millkern Communications, MSN, PatriotNet, Prodigy Communications, Quantum Internet Services, RadixNet, Speakeasy Network, ToadNet, Verizon Online

America Online
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
800-466-5463
HQ: Dulles

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states and 115 countries; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $4.95/3 hrs. ($2.50/hr. extra); $9.95/5 hrs. ($2.95/hr. extra); $23.90/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $44.95. Satellite: 400 kbps/33.6 kbps modem uplink, $44.95. (Add $10 for unlimited dial-up access.)
Extra E-mails: 6
Web Server Space: 84MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 150,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: 10:1
Total Users: 31 million
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: .1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac; required
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: AOL 7.0 offers the best value on the Internet by giving members the easiest way to get online, the best content and the largest, most reliable network in the world. AOL's ease of use and convenience make it vital to members' daily lives. [Back to top]
Aplus.net
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@aplus.net 877-275 8763
HQ: San Diego

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $40 a year/5 hrs. per month ($2.50/hr. extra); $19.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad): 608 kbps/128 kbps, $49.95; 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $79.95; 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $99.95.
Extra E-mails: 4; $7.95/mo. each for others
Web Server Space: 10MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 46,000
Bandwidth: 255 Mbps
Users/Modems: 4:1
Total Users: 200,000
Yrs. of Experience: 5
Downtime: .01%
Software: -
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Aplus.net offers best-of-breed Internet solutions for small to medium-size businesses and residential consumers. The company is a leader in domain names and Web hosting and offers complete solutions for e-commerce and scalable shared and dedicated hosting options. [Back to top]
Atlantech Online
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@atlantech.net
301-589-3060
HQ: Silver Spring

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard, Loudoun, Prince William.

Price Plans: Modem: $19/unlimited. DSL (Covad): 608 kbps/128 kbps, $59; 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $75.
Extra E-mails: $2/mo. each
Web Server Space: -
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 39,000
Bandwidth: 1 Gbps
Users/Modems: 5:1
Total Users: -
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: 0
Software: -
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Profitable since inception in 1995, Atlantech provides broadband connectivity and hosting solutions to companies throughout the region. While some ISPs may beat us on price, none can beat us on service and satisfaction. Consistently ranked in top 5 by DSLreports. [Back to top]
CompUSnet Internet Solutions
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@compusnet.com
301-258-9599
HQ: Gaithersburg

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 47 states and 50 countries; toll-free roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $19.95 unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 760 kbps/128 kbps, $99.95; 384 kbps each way, $99.95.
Extra E-mails: 7; $30/yr. each for others
Web Server Space: 10 MB for $2/mo
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 42,000
Bandwidth: 400 Mbps
Users/Modems: 8:1
Total Users: 10,000
Yrs. of Experience: 4
Downtime: .5%
Software: Win 95 or newer
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free.
Self-promotional quote: We provide a highly reliable service while still keeping close to the customer. When calling our technical support, you get a prompt answer, not a recording that keeps you holding for hours. That is our personal touch. [Back to top]
CrossLink Internet Services
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
info@crosslink.net
703-642-1120
HQ: Springfield

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, plus four states.

Price Plans: Modem: $19.95/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $59; 256 kbps/64 kbps, $39.95; backup dial-up access included.
Extra E-mails: $1/mo. each
Web Server Space: 1 MB for $5/mo.
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 43,000
Bandwidth: 45 Mbps
Users/Modems: 6.5:1
Total Users: 17,000
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: .2%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Mac
Tech Support: 9 a.m.-9 p.m.
Self-promotional quote: Web-browser-based e-mail with auto-responder feature available with all e-mail boxes. Also offering DSL, T1s, server co-location, Web design, Web hosting, self-administered e-mail boxes and mailing lists. CrossLink, your full service mid-Atlantic ISP. [Back to top]
Department of Internet
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@departmentofinternet.com
301-340-3277
HQ: Washington

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford.

Price Plans: Modem: $20/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 760 kbps/128 kbps, $45; 760 kbps each way, $90.
Extra E-mails: $1/mo. each
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 9,000
Bandwidth: 100 Mbps
Users/Modems: 7:1
Total Users: 1,200
Yrs. of Experience: 5
Downtime: .2%
Software: Win 95 or newer
Tech Support: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Sat.-Sun.
Self-promotional quote: We provide a connection with a static/fixed IP address that's up 24x7. Our service includes e-mail boxes, Web hosting, VPN, telecommuting and firewall security. We are debt-free and profitable -- not vulnerable to the unstable broadband marketplace. [Back to top]
DirecTV DSL
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
orders@directvdsl.com
888-809-6628
HQ: Cupertino, Calif.

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Loudoun.

Price Plans: DSL (Verizon): 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $49.95.
Extra E-mails: 4
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: -
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 73,000
Yrs. of Experience: 2
Downtime: -
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: DirecTV Broadband is a leading nationwide provider of broadband services for the home. The company has earned distinction for its award-winning, proprietary gateway, designed to enable secure telecommuting, home-networking, voice-bundling and entertainment services. [Back to top]
DSLi
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@dsli.com
800-935-3527
HQ: Miami

Coverage: D.C. metro area.

Price Plans: DSL (Focal, Network Access Solutions, WorldCom): 784 kbps/384 kbps, $49.95; 384 kbps each way, $69.95; 144 kbps each way, $79.95.
Extra E-mails: $5/mo. each
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: N
Newsgroups: 32,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 6,000
Yrs. of Experience: 5
Downtime: -
Software: None
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: All lines come with a static IP. We use TCP/IP, and support Windows 9x/Me/NT/2000/XP, Mac and Linux. We offer nationwide T-1s where DSL is not available. Customers are allowed to host servers from their connections. [Back to top]
EarthLink
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@corp.earthlink.net
800-327-8454
HQ: Atlanta

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states.

Price Plans: Modem: $9.95/10 hrs. ($1/hr. extra), $21.95/unlimited, $26.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad, Genuity): 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $49.95. Satellite: 400 kbps/128 kbps, $69.95.
Extra E-mails: 7 (8 w/ $26.95 plan, 5 w/ satellite plan)
Web Server Space: 80 MB (60 MB w/ satellite plan)
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 30,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 4.8 million
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: 0.1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: EarthLink provides a full range of innovative access, hosting and e-commerce solutions through a nationwide network of dial-up points of presence and broadband and wireless technologies. [Back to top]
Megapipe Communications
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
info@megapipe.net
703-443-1655
HQ: Leesburg

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Loudoun, Prince William, plus Clarke, Frederick counties in Virginia (DSL in Leesburg only).

Price Plans: $16.99/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 256 kbps each way, $76.50.
Extra E-mails: 1; $3/mo. each for others
Web Server Space: 2 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 55,000
Bandwidth: 9 Mbps
Users/Modems: 6:1
Total Users: 2,500
Yrs. of Experience: 5
Downtime: .3%
Software: None
Tech Support: 9 a.m.-11 p.m. every day
Self-promotional quote: Megapipe (formerly Anent) provides a complete range of Internet services, including Web hosting, co-location and 56-kbps, v.90 dial-up accounts with state-of-the-art, all-digital technology. Our popular VaBiznet account offers dial-up and domain hosting for only $25 per month. [Back to top]
Millkern Communications
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@millkern.com
301-738-0097
HQ: Rockville

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states.

Price Plans: $19/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 640 kbps/90 kbps, $52.08.
Extra E-mails: $50/yr. each
Web Server Space: 5 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 34,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 1,000
Yrs. of Experience: 8
Downtime: .01%
Software: Win 95 or newer
Tech Support: 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Mon.-Fri.
Self-promotional quote: Quality Internet service at discount rates. [Back to top]
MSN
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
800-386-5550
HQ: Redmond, Wash.

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Charles, Frederick, Howard, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states.

Price Plans: Modem: $21.95/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 640 kbps/256 kbps, $49.95 (includes 10 hrs/month of dial-up access).
Extra E-mails: 8
Web Server Space: 30 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 38,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 7 million
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: -
Software: Win 95 or newer
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: MSN's Internet access and services are designed to create a faster, simpler and more useful experience on the Internet. MSN's dial-up and broadband Internet access are specifically designed for easy setup and smooth, reliable connections. [Back to top]
PatriotNet
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@patriot.net
703-277-7737
HQ: Fairfax

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Charles, Howard, St. Mary's, Prince William, Loudoun; toll-free access and extra-cost international roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $19.95/300 hours. DSL (Covad): 608 kbps/128 kbps, $59.95; 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $79.95; 144 kbps each way, $74.95; 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $94.95 (all include 100 hrs. backup dial-up access).
Extra E-mails: $2.50/mo. each
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 32,000
Bandwidth: 100 Mbps
Users/Modems: 5:1
Total Users: 2,000
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: .2%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Win 3.1, Mac
Tech Support: 9 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 2-5 p.m. Sat.
Self-promotional quote: Our 100-Mbps connection directly into AboveNet's 122-Gbps backbone ensures unsurpassed connectivity, and local, personalized service makes PatriotNet a smart choice for both dial-up and DSL access. You'll enjoy our friendly, patient support staff, plus extras such as Unix shell accounts. [Back to top]
Prodigy Communications
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
join@corp.prodigy.com
800-776-3449
HQ: Austin

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Howard, Frederick, St. Mary's, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $9.95/10 hrs. ($1.50/hr. extra); $21.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad): 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $49.95.
Extra E-mails: 10
Web Server Space: 165 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 30,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 3.5 million
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: .05%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Prodigy serves the largest number of DSL Internet customers in the U.S. Completely redesigned for the always-on broadband world, Prodigy 7.0, an intuitive Internet environment that assembles users' favorite applications all in one place, will be available by year-end 2001. [Back to top]
Quantum Internet Services
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
sales@qis.net
888-889-4638
HQ: Manchester, Md.

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert,Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Fauquier, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 48 states; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $14.95/unlimited; $19.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad, Network Access Solutions, Verizon): 608 kbps/128 kbps, $54.95.
Extra E-mails: 1 w/ $14.95 plan, 3 w/ $19.95 plan; $5/mo. each for others
Web Server Space: 10 MB w/ $19.95 plan
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 30,000
Bandwidth: 90 Mbps
Users/Modems: 8:1
Total Users: 10,000
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: .1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Mac
Tech Support: 9 a.m.-9 p.m. Mon.-Fri., 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Sat., noon-5 p.m. Sun.
Self-promotional quote: Quantum Internet Services Inc. has been providing fast, reliable Internet access since 1995. We also offer Web hosting, co-location, domain registration and high-speed access (T1, T3). Please visit our Web site at www.qis.net for more information. [Back to top]
RadixNet
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
support@radix.net
301-567-9831
HQ: Oxon Hill

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Prince William, Loudoun.

Price Plans: Modem: $19/unlimited; $24/unlimited; $29/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $59.
Extra E-mails: $5/mo. each
Web Server Space: 10 MB w/ $24 and $29 plans; or for $5/mo. extra
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 28,000
Bandwidth: 18.5 Mbps
Users/Modems: 6:1
Total Users: 5,000
Yrs. of Experience: 6.5
Downtime: .1%
Software: None
Tech Support: 8 a.m.-8 p.m. Mon.-Fri.; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: More than just bandwidth! RadixNet can provide you with the reliable, customized service only a local provider can give you. Web hosting, co-location, T1, frame relay and ISDN. Unique requirements are welcome. [Back to top]
Speakeasy Network
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
dsl@speakeasy.net
800-556-5829 Ext. 3
HQ: Seattle

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Loudoun, Prince William, Stafford, plus 35 states.

Price Plans: Modem: $19.95/unlimited. DSL (Covad, New Edge Networks): 608 kbps/128 kbps, $49.95; 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $79.95 ("plus" plans $10 extra for each, include 30 hrs. dial-up access); 384 kbps each way, $99.95; 144 kbps each way, $99.95.
Extra E-mails: $1; $2.95/mo. each for others
Web Server Space: 10 MB w/ "plus" plans
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 37,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: 5:1
Total Users: 30,000
Yrs. of Experience: 6
Downtime: .177%
Software: None
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Speakeasy.net is a broadband-focused ISP specializing in providing high-quality connections to niche markets--namely, the technical and online-gaming communities. We partner with seminal content providers, allow our customers to run their own servers and include static IPs with DSL. [Back to top]
ToadNet
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
info@toad.net
877-438-8623
HQ: Severna Park, Md.

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, St. Mary's, Howard, Loudoun, Prince William, plus rest of Maryland and 36 states and Canada; toll-free roaming.

Price Plans: Modem: $21.95/unlimited. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $54.95; 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $89.95.
Extra E-mails: 6
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 33,000
Bandwidth: 1.05 Gbps
Users/Modems: 10:1
Total Users: 13,000
Yrs. of Experience: 7
Downtime: <.1%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: As Maryland's largest independently owned ISP, ToadNet is happy to announce standard dial-up access nationwide! Each account includes seven e-mail addresses, 10 MB of Web space and the ability to check your e-mail from anywhere in the world. [Back to top]
Verizon Online
Company Info.
Costs/Features
Performance
Web site
202-954-6263
HQ: Reston

Coverage: D.C. metro area, Anne Arundel, Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Howard, St. Mary's, Loudoun, Prince William, plus 48 states and 10 countries; extra-cost roaming available.

Price Plans: Modem: $19.95/150 hrs. DSL (Verizon): 768 kbps/128 kbps, $49.95; 1.5 Mbps/128 kbps, $59.95; 384 kbps each way, $69.95; 1.5 Mbps/384 kbps, $79.95. (Add $8.95 for 20 hrs. dial-up access.)
Extra E-mails: 3 w/ DSL accounts
Web Server Space: 10 MB
Junk E-mail Filter?: Y
Newsgroups: 30,000
Bandwidth: -
Users/Modems: -
Total Users: 1.4 million
Yrs. of Experience: 4
Downtime: <2%
Software: Win 95 or newer, Mac
Tech Support: 24 hrs./day; toll-free
Self-promotional quote: Verizon recently announced its millionth DSL customer as a result of dramatically improved equipment and software and better customer service. Today, customers get DSL easily, the service works and they love it. [Back to top]

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