Who supplies the cable and wire to your home?
Who supplies the central office connection?
Who supplies the DSLAM (the connection between you and the Internet)?
Answer = AT&T
AOL and ALL the other providers use the local phone company for their connection. They rent their facilities from AT&T and charge you. My answer, use your local phone company, AT&T.
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I have dial-up (AOL) and after being tortured long enough with slow internet speeds, I want to get DSL. I'm considering getting AOL DSL. Could I contact AOL directly and get DSL service from them or would I have to go to another company (AT&T for example) and get service from them, while downloading the AOL software separately? If it is a separate download, would I have to pay AOL a monthly charge on top of what I would pay to get DSL in the first place?
If I were to sever my ties with the AOL service, would I at the very least be able to keep my aol e-mail address and associated address book?
Thanks for your help