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ordering processUnlike an internet account, with some setup software on cdrom, and any old analogue modem that you picked up free in a cereal packet, the ordering and installation of a DSL line is lot more complex.
The ordering process would typically involve you locating an ISP that can offer you DSL, and then contacting them by phone or email. Some ISPs have online query forms that allow entry of your zip code and/or phone number, which they check against a database they have from their DSL providers to ascertain if your zone is lit up yet. A process called pre-qualification.
When looking for DSL service, if you are at all technically inclined, you should be aware of how they intend to deliver you service.. whether it is dynamic IP, or static IP, whether it is a bridged solution, or via PPP. Read PPP vs bridged for some notes on this. Also what model of CPE (customer premise equipment) they propose. Look in the usenet archives on this site for any issues over this premise equipment. Be careful if you find no mention of it.. you will then be stuck without help if you have a problem!
Others will accept some details from a form online, and then get back to you by email or phone. Be sure you are dealing with a real ISP or DSL provider, not a middle man who is there to take commision!.
If the ISP thinks they can provide you service, they usually ask you to sign or agree to some lengthy terms and conditions, before they will pass the order on to other companies.
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