Service Providers and Data Communications
High Speed Internet Access
ACS has finally worked out a way to offer high speed DSL internet
service in Seldovia and vacinity. THANK
YOU ACS! Here are the details:
Unlimited full time internet access through a DSL modem.
There is a single limitation with DSL connections: the phone
line between your house and the ACS microwave dish in town (on the
hill across from the school) can not be more than 18,000 feet. This
is a limitation of DSL, NOT ACS.
DSL service piggybacks on top of your existing ACS telephone
line and does NOT require an additional phone line. So if you are
currently using a second phone line in your house for your internet
connection, you can cancel the phone line AND your ACS dialup service
once you have the DSL connection (these two items by themselves
will almost cover the monthly cost of the DSL !!!) Voice and internet
can be used at the same time with not interference.
A free dialup account is included with your DSL package (this
is very useful for those people who travel and want to connect to
the internet with their laptop while out of town.)
No up front charges! The user does not purchase the DSL modem,
it is "on loan" from ACS as part of the package. Your
computer must have either a LAN port or a USB port. Note that ACS
dos NOT install the DSL modem on your system, that is your responsibility.
However, the installation should be very simple and I'm sure phone
support is available through ACS.
1st months service is FREE
1 email address is included
There are two different speed packages available:
320k downlink speed with 80k uplink speed - $49.00/month
320k downlink speed with 240k uplink speed - $54.95/month
(with the $54.95 package you also get a second email address and
5 megabytes of webpage space for your own web site)
If your telephone service uses ACS as the long distance carrier,
you can get a $10/month discount on either package.
Static IP addresses are available, if you need one, for an additional
$10/month (if you don't know what this is, you don't need it.)
Call ACS Internet Services 888-690-1930 to order the service,
they are open 8am to 6pm, Monday through Saturday.
Personal Note: Folks, I have to tell you that myself
and several other people in Seldovia have been pushing ACS for the
past 6 years to get some kind of high speed internet service into
Seldovia. I had all but given up on them. This DSL package is superb
and far exceeds anything I could have hoped for in terms of speed
Satellite systems are available throu Hugh Smith (907-234-7678)
in Seldovia and the hardware and service are by Starband. Click
here for Starband website
Initial hardware cost and installation runs about $2000.
The system must be installed by an authorized dealer and Hugh Smith
is an authorized dealer.
Monthly costs through Startband are based on 1, 3 and 5 user
(1 user=$70/month; 3 user=$130/month; 5 user=$170/month Details,
Satellite systems can be install just about anywhere as long
as the dish has a line of site shot at the satellite. Bearing=southeast
to southwest, Elevation=20 to 50 deg.
Downlink speeds are very fast and can exceed 1megabit/second;
Uplink speeds average about 30k/second (about the same as a Seldovia
based dialup modem). If you are just surfing the web satellite works
great, if you want to play internet games or connect realtime to
servers through pcAnywhere, etc, forget it, uplink is too slow.
Dialup internet in Seldovia is barely acceptable. Connections are
poor; in town speeds rarely get to 48k and out of town speeds are
usually 28k; lost connections are common.
ACS Dialup Account: 56k modem connection, 2 email
addresses, and 5 meg of web space. Cost is approximately $20/month.
If your telephone service uses ACS as the long distance carrier, you
can get a $10/month discount. ACS dialup seems to be very sensitive
to the brand of modem. We have had had very good luck with Diamond
Multimedia Supra 56k modems. Click
here for ACS Home Page
Homer Net: 56k modem connection, 3 email addresses,
and 5 meg of web space. Cost is $19.95/month or $16.66/month if you
pay for a year in advance ($199.95). We have no firsthand experiece
with this service. 907-235-9373. Click
here for HomerNet Home Page
AT&T Worldnet: up to 56k connection, email
address, web space, NO LOCAL DIALUP NUMBER. You must access
through an 800 number account or long distance call to Soldotna. $16.95
to $21.95/month. Not a good solution. Click
here for AT&T Worldnet Homer Page
residential and business telephone service
Alaska Communications Systems (ACS)
- Most features that are availaible in large towns are also available
in Seldovia, such as call forwarding, call waiting, call restriction,
caller ID, 3-way calling, speed calling, auto call back, call blocking,
distinctive rining, voice mail, etc.
Residential Service: 800-478-7121 (or dial 811 on any local phone)
Business Service: 800-478-3081
City of Seldovia has cellular service! If you use ACS services, you have reception, all the time, most anywhere in town. ACS uses Verizon for the long distance/out of state service, so as a result, if you use Verizon, you will also receive good service here in Seldovia. If you are with another provider, you will have
to go to a location like Outside Beach to connect through cell sites
in Homer. If you live out the road and have line of site to Homer,
you can get a great cell connection. Internet dialup through a cell
phone is expensive and very slow.
AT&T has digital cell service in much of the populated areas of
the Kenai Peninsula.
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