Finding the Right T1 Provider
Telecommunications contracts can be much like a marriage and as we all know there are good and bad marriages. The fact is, when you enter into a telecommunications contract with a T1 provider for an acceptable amount of bandwidth or voice service, you will need to enter into a long term agreement. Telecommunications contracts for T1's and T3's usually range from 1 years to 3 years. Anything longer than a 3 year contract is generally only seen for very large applications like OC3 and OC12 or complex frame relay connections with many nodes. While the duration of the contract will not be a drawback if you have the right provider, the contract could prove enormously troublesome with the wrong provider.
We recommend using a broker to assist you through your options and explain to you the providers and services offered in Alpena. A broker or independent agent can help decrease the time it takes you to shop around for a T1 provider by asking you the questions once and investigating multiple providers to acquire the service that is right for you. The agent helps avoid the bias you will receive when speaking with one vendor as the agent will be paid no matter which service you choose. As the agent doesn't work with a specific provider like AT&T or Sprint, he or she will not push you in that direction if they are not right for you.
Keep in mind that the T1 provider you select will be your partner for quite some time so take caution in your decision. The worst thing with being with a bad provider is the fact that it will impact your business. Dropped calls or an Internet connection that goes down can be devastating to a business. We found that the larger companies like AT&T and Sprint will release companies from long term contracts it if is shown that the voice or data T1 service was defective on a regular basis, however the release from such a contract will not help recover from the damages of the lost calls and e-mails from the broken service. When shopping for a T1 provider we advise using a broker and asking for referrals from current customers to give you a clue of what you can expect.
We broker AR T-1 Line. This page is a short summary of the services specifically offered by T1Market in Alpena.
As we go forward, our goal is to constantly enhance our product offerings. We now offer enterprise items usually utilized by bigger corporations, specifically: gigabit ethernet, MPLS network service, OC3, and cloud computing bandwidth delivered over a fiber optic backbone. Many of our suppliers also supply free managed Cisco routers for multi-year contracts. Primarily, our goal is to build a bond with you - our client - that will definitely last for years to come. Earning your trust is just what we do all the time. Conserving you cash on economical Ethernet services is exactly how we keep it.