providing connectivity via USWest's DSL network

David Payer ( (no email) )
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 09:06:19 -0500

USWest is about to roll out DSL service in many cities. (note: alarm
circuits are no longer being sold by USWest, it appears they would compete
with this offering.) This will be very hard to compete with directly but
offers an opportunity to sell "value added" ISP services.

After reading their promotional material I see that in order to sell IP
connectivity to customers of USWest's DSL "MEGA" services, a provider must
buy port access into their ATM network (starting at $465/month for 1.54
meg/sec access) plus transport and then DSL Virtual Circuits will be mapped
to us to service.

I haven't worked out details with the USWest rep but I thought I would ask
others who may have already begun dealing with this service about details of
preparation. I am told you need a router capable of ATM/ethernet conversion
[specifically: 1) has an interface for the selected DS1, DS3, or OC3
facility; 2) support the segmentation and reassembly of ATM cells; 3)
support RFC 1483 termination (ethernet to ATM cells); 4) have an ethernet

What are some existing products (that may even be available on the used
market) that fit this criteria?

What ratios of bandwidth do you plan for (what you sell via 256k circuits vs
your total connectivity via your backbone) in this circumstance?

What are some of your ideas of competition when USWest sells a 256k circuit
with internet connectivity for $40/month and startup costs less than $300?

David Payer
OMNI Internet