DSL Pricing Guide
ITS provides DSL service to the USC community through an agreement with Covad Communications. DSL service provides an alternative to dialup connectivity. It combines the convenience of an Ethernet connection--being connected all the time--with speeds many times faster than a 56K modem, from 144 Kbps to 1.1 Mbps. In addition, DSL service provides a USC IP-address so that you have access to all of the resources that are available to you when you are connected from a machine on campus.
The pricing below outlines charges for DSL service at USC. Through Covad, ITS also is able to provide DSL connections in Atlanta, Austin, Baltimore, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Houston, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Diego, San Francisco, Seattle, and Washington D.C. There is an additional fee associated with DSL connections outside of the Los Angeles area.
ITS will bill USC departmental accounts for DSL service on a monthly basis. Charges will begin once DSL service is successfully installed and verified to be working. A federal telecommunications tax of 3.93% will be added to all installation charges and Covad monthly charges. A sales tax of 8.25% will be added to the hardware charge.
Other alternatives besides the services below will depend on the phone company that your city works with. For example phone companies such as Verizon and AT&T offer DSL services to many different locations. Though these phone companies do not provide USC IP-address, making your resources unavailable to you from the USC Network, VPN Client software will in most cases, need to be installed in order to access the these resources.
Another alternative is getting internet service through your cable company. Again, this will depend on which cable company services your area and they will not be able to provide USC IP-addressing. With this alternative VPN Client Software will again be needed.