|What SPEED Modem should you get?
The "State of the Art" right now is the 56k v.90 modems. These modems are capable of
connection speeds in excess of 50kbps (kilobits per second) receive, and 33.6kbps send. You may,
but most likely will not connect at speeds this high due to phone line quality.
The Benton phone lines are old and sub-standard "analog" lines, and even with the best modem you
will probably not connect above 26kbps - 28kbps.
You can save some money by buying a 33.6k modem, but who knows if you might move or SWB might actually
upgrade their lines and switching stations... then you will wish you would have purchased the 56k
Many of our Little Rock customers consistently connect at 48kbps to 52kbps... but the customers
that do live only 1 - 2 miles from a SWB "digital" switching station
If you're more than 2 miles from the switching station, don't expect to connect this fast.