Friday, May 2, 2008


Deltacom, Inc. is a relatively small telecommunications company containing 375,000 access lines run by 2,000 employees. Even so, they’re able to provide service to even the largest of companies, as their range of operations primarily covers only eight states in the Southeast.

So, if you’re in one of those places (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina, or Tennessee), you’re in luck. Deltacom offers their T1 service at a lower price than most, with a full T1 line starting at around $345 for a 1.5Mbps connection. In addition to the internet, you’ll also receive up to 5,000 free minutes per T1 for your calling purposes or 100 free minutes per Voice Channel on long distance per month. For that, you can use up to 24 lines. Did I mention they also offer unlimited LATA wide calling?

If you’re still not satisfied with those extra services, then maybe the free custom domain name that comes along with your purchase will appeal to you. Oh, and you’ll get up to six static IP addresses and up to 30 email boxes to mess around with.

That’s the good part. Now comes the bad: there’s bandwidth allocation. Deltacom states that “when your voice lines are not in use, an entire T-1 of bandwidth is available for your data transmission.” Essentially, although you are receiving a dedicated T1 service, the amount that you spend using their other services will affect the performance of your internet. This may pose a problem with larger businesses. Other than that, you should have little to no problems performance-wise.

The good: Low pricing and a whole bunch of other additional services. It’s a pretty good gift basket.

The bad: No noticeable commitments. Allocation may be a problem within large companies utilizing Deltacom’s services.

The bottom line: If you’re a small- to mid- sized business within the available states, this may be the choice for you. It’s low-priced, so it won’t strain your budget, and the only “oversubscribing” problem you may face is from inside your own company, which shouldn’t be an issue for your smaller setting.