BDT maintains a comprehensive guide to DSL information. Using this guide, you can learn all necessary information regarding DSL installation, costs, benefits and disadvantages. If you have any questions regarding a DSL connection, do not hesitate to call BDT at (401) 331-4556 or email

What is DSL?PricingThe ProcessFAQ

Since you've decided that DSL is the right solution for your organization, what's next?

Step 1. Line Qualification

As previously mentioned the distance Bell Atlantic will deliver a DSL qualified loop is 18,000 ft. (about 3 miles ). So prior to signing the service agreement, BDT will make sure that DSL is available at your location. The only other possibility for not being able to receive DSL is if your business location is a 'Fiber-Only' building. DSL is only available through copper connectivity so Industrial Parks or commercial buildings that are wired for fiber-only will not be able to use DSL. Also downstream fiber connections outside your location will disallow DSL service. DSL can only work if there is Copper-Only from your location to the telephone companies' Central Office that services you.

Please note that since DSL is entirely copper dependent, the rate of connectivity/bandwidth can only be determined after the installation of the conditioned line. A maximum rate of connectivity will be issued and the client will then decide on the bandwidth needed at the maximum level or below.

Step 2. The Service Agreement

Upon meeting the qualifications above, BDT will prepare a service agreement similar to the one seen below for your organization. Upon your signature of this one year agreement, BDT will order the line to be installed at your premises at the point of d-marc within your facility.

Step 3. Line Ordering and Delivery

BDT will order the line, and within 30 days, a Bell Atlantic representative will install the circuit at the client premises at the point of d-marc ( Bell Atlantic will not extend points of d-marc as company policy ). Upon circuit installation, BDT will arrive and perform a line checkout and DSL router installation. At this time the Max. Rate of Connection will be determined and the client will choose the bandwidth required for their facility.

Step 4. Circuit Handoff

Once the DSL Router has been installed and the line and Max Rate of Connection is ascertained, the client will be issued the required Network IP Addresses. Additionally at this time, the commercial client will make payment for first and last month's recurring payment based upon the rate of connection they've decided.

Step 5. Your Network Configuration

BDT will issue only 1 (one) public IP address for your network specifically for the DSL hardware. Additional public IP addresses will be made available for mission critical or server related equipment defined as a Mail Server, Proxy Server, Application Server, or Web Server. This policy is initiated to avoid unused IP allocated blocks. Individual employee workstations and non-critical servers should be allocated IP addresses in the private IP space. It is recommended to the MIS/IS, LAN/WAN Integrator to employ NAT on the NAT-ready DSL Routers. If your company does not have a staff MIS or LAN/WAN qualified individual, BDT will recommend experienced LAN/WAN integrators.

Justification requests must be made for each public IP address. BDT will not withhold reasonable IP requests.