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About the PRiS High Speed Internet System
The Peace Region Internet Society provides High Speed Internet Access to PRiS members in Fort St
John, Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge and Hudson's Hope: We are actively working on extending this service to other
rural communities as well.
PRiS High Speed Internet services offers the fastest residential and business connection to the Internet available
|What is High Speed
- Move away from "Point-and-click-and-wait" to "Click-and-you-are-there".
- Transfer files at lightning-fast speed.
- Forget about waiting for a modem to dial and negotiate a connection.
- Stay connected 24 hours a day so that your business can respond immediately to customer requests.
- Be ready to experience the true richness that the 21st Century Internet provides.
Exchange audio, video, and conferencing information in real time.
- Manage branch businesses more easily than ever before.
Be creative: Share management info, improve inventory
control, collaborate on design processes, monitor remotely.
Cut phone bills.
Quite honestly, yes.
Is High Speed Internet Over-Hyped?
Not everybody is wise to spend the extra money to get High Speed Internet. After all, the monthly cost of your
Internet connectivity will increase somewhat. Regular PRiS Dial-up access is best for users who communicate via e-mail and
mainly use the internet for entertainment or research. The regular Dial-up access that PRiS currently provides is quite
adequate for normal web browsing, and the transmission of text, graphics, and even voice.
High Speed Internet is for users interested in full motion video, high resolution graphics and/or interactive high speed
data transmission. Surprisingly, High Speed Internet is more consistent with the wants of active
families, than the needs of many businesses!
That is a tough one to answer.
How Fast is High Speed Internet?
With a dial-up connection, it is your telephone line and your modem that limits the speed of the connection. Compare
this to owning a car that was capable of doing 33 or 56 km/hour on a freeway. That is dial-up. Clearly there would be
advantages in owning a faster car.
How fast should this faster car be? Being able to do 128 km/hour would certainly be advantageous, but you might have
difficulty in justifying a car that can travel at 1000 Km/hr because your speed would still be limited to about 100 Km/hr by
the limitations of the highways you would be traveling.
Having a PRiS High Speed Internet connection is like owning this very fast car. It can travel at speeds in
excess of 2,500 Kbps on a closed race track, but ultimately the speed you achieve will be limited by the condition of the
Infobahn between you and your information destination, and no amount of personal upgrading will get rid of that constraint.
- Your PRiS High Speed Internet connection will mean that you will have the capability to travel faster than allowable
highway speeds, which are typically about 40 times faster than what you are used to.
- PRiS did redesigned its local on-ramp to the Internet to handle the new speeds attainable. The PRiS fibre
Internet gateway has a burst capacity thirty times greater than T1's used by other providers for their backbones.
- In the final analysis, the speed capabilities of competing High Speed Internet technologies (ADSL, Wireless,
Cable) are comparable, on adequately designed systems. However, do note that some competing companies (such as Cable
providers) do limit speeds to significantly lower levels, depending on the subscription package.
Both have limited availability, but we are quite certain that one of the two technologies will work for you.
Should I use the PRiS Wireless Service, or the PRiS ADSL Service?
ADSL(Asymetric Digital Subscriber Line)
|| 2.4 Ghz wireless (radio) DSSS transmission from access point to small antenna at your location. No telephone line required. Radio unit
inserts into PCI, PCMCIA, or ISA slot on your computer, and connects to antenna using 3/8 inch diameter co-axial cable. Radio is IEEE802.11-b
compliant, 11Mbps half-duplex. USB units are now also available, and simplify installation. External radios can be
provided in special applications where networks need connectivity.
|| Internet packets are delivered to your location at very high frequency over your existing telephone line. Because these signals
are carried at such high frequencies, the same phone line can also carry regular telephone calls simultaneously. In plain terms, you can be
on the Internet and make phone calls at the same time!
| LOCATION AVAILABILITY
||IMPORTANT: Follow this link to make sure you have clear line of sight to a PRiS
Wireless Access Point
Pouce Coupe,Bonanza,Rolla Area
Rolla, Bonanza, North-East
Arras, South Dawson, Devereaux, Upper Cutbank Area
Tomslake, Tupper, South-East
Fort St John
Fort St John Airport
|Must be within 5 KM of the Telephone Company Central Office 'as the wire travels'
Fort St John: - YES
Dawson Creek - YES
Chetwynd - YES
| TIME AVAILABILITY
|| Five working days |
| MONTHLY COST
|| Option A) $28.75 with member purchasing radio
Option B) $40 with PRiS providing radio
| Option A) $28.75 with member purchasing ADSL modem.
Option B) $28.75 with PRiS providing ADSL modem (Deposit required)
BUT check here for substantial Introductory
| STARTUP COST
|| Option B) Installation, Mast, and Cabling (About $150)
Option A) As low as $100 (plus taxes) plus installation, Mast and Cabling, for USB Radio. Radios
Network Connections are higher
| A) $60 for Modem Kit
(New Broadband Accounts Only)
| DOWNLOAD SPEED
|| Up to 2,500 Kbps depending on general traffic levels and signal strength
|| Up to 1,500 Kbps depending on local loop length and makeup
Higher speeds available with business packages
| UPLOAD SPEED
|| Up to 2,500 Kbps depending on general traffic levels and signal strength
|| Up to 640 Kbps depending on local loop length and makeup|
A PRiS exclusive! The answer is "YES".
Will I still also have dial-up access if I need it?
This is an excellent question. You realize that both wireless and ADSL installations become tied to a specific location. What if you
travel to another town? What if you use your account from office as well as home? What if your High Speed Internet connection temporarily
bites the dust?
PRiS encourages you to keep a modem handy. You still have full dial-up privileges in all the towns served by PRiS, and
access to our Toll Free 888-685-6245 mail express line when out of town.
However, we do not expect to see two different people using the
same account at the same time (per our current policy re 'Duplicate Logins'). This is only fair: One Membership = One User.
Another PRiS exclusive! The answer is "YES".
Can I network a number of computers in my house or office to one High Speed Account?
PRiS has no business in the bedrooms / boardrooms of the nation. You
need not fear that the dreaded Internet Cops are going to wake you up one night to examine your computers. PRiS assigns one IP address to
your gateway, and you can build proxy networks as you wish behind that. There are, however two provisos:
All computers or terminals are located at the same physical location. A physical location is any collection of rooms that
have the same complete mailing address and 911 address,
You may not resell all or part of your connection to a third party.
What kind of computer do I need to be able to access ADSL services?
Computer Software and Hardware
**** Internal ADSL Modems are currently not available for Mac users ****
- Here are the MINIMUM computer requirements you need for ADSL Internet service:
- Pentium (100 MHz) for External ADSL Modems
- Pentium (133 MHz) for Internal ADSL Modems
- 32 MB RAM
- 50 MB free hard disk space
- 256 colour display at 640 x 480 resolution
- Network Interface Card (NIC) 10BaseT Ethernet with correct TCP/IP drivers installed for External ADSL Modems
- No NIC required for Internal ADSL Modems (if you want to Network to other computers, you will need one)
- 4x CD-ROM
- PowerPC (PPC) processor with MacOS 7.6 - 9 with Open Transport (TCP/IP) installed
- 32 MB RAM
- 50 MB free hard disk space
- Network Interface Card (NIC) 10BaseT Ethernet card installed, a special network adapter cable may be required
- 4x CD-ROM
The answer is again, "YES".
Can I run a Web server or FTP server on my computer?
Bear in mind that an ADSL connection is 'ASYMETRICAL', meaning that the speed at which you can transmit data is significanlty slower
than the speed at which you can receive it. Wireless may be the better option here. If you have 'mission critical' applications, remember
that the last mile connection to your location is never as reliable as the Big Pipes connecting the PRiS office to the world. It might be
wiser to house your critical applications on a PRiS server, or to co-locate a server at a PRiS office. You get the advantage of power
interruption protection, and closer monitoring of the equipment for potential failures.
PRiS policies concerning issues of legality, copyright, and conformance to community standards apply to all data served through the
Sadly, the answer is "Maybe".
Are there limits to how much data I can transfer?
Unfortunately, with the emergence of Broadband Internet, the communications companies are starting to realize that they can no
longer charge fixed rates for access to the Internet Backbone. A single heavy user is capable of using as much bandwidth as an entire
town could in pre-broadband days. In the interests of fairness to all of their customers, communications companies now bill based on the
bandwidth actually used.
Similarly, in the interests of fairness to PRiS members, PRiS must also ensure that a single member does not go 'download crazy', and
leave the membership at large stuck with a bill for hundreds of dollars. PRiS has always had such a policy in place. The existing data
transfer policy will apply to the High Speed accounts. The policy states that PRiS may, at its discretion, with adequate warning,
impose a cost recovery charge on data transfer in excess of 1 gigabyte/month. This cost is currently $10.00 per
gigabyte for each Gig in excess of 6 Gigs per month on wireless accounts, and there are no charges on ADSL
How likely is this to affect you? Very few dial-up accounts exceed one gigabyte, but the potential for exceeding a limit is
increased when you have access to such powerful tools. Just remember:
We will not necessarily bill you: but we reserve the right to do so if it becomes necessary.
We will warn you. No retro-active charges or surprises.
You can check your current usage at any time on the PRiS Home page.
We will only "pass on" the amount we need to recover the direct costs charged to us by our upstream communications company.
We trust you, sort of.
Are you really willing to install PRiS equipment at our location?
In Option B, with either wireless or ADSL, PRiS does indeed install several hundred dollars worth of electronic
equipment on your
premises. It is only responsible for us to request additional information or security to ensure that our investment is safe and well cared
for. Details are on the application form.
No... Well, actually, a month
Do I have to sign up for a minimum period?
A bit more limited for the first year of ADSL service.....
What are my payment options for ADSL?
There are several payment options currently available for ADSL: monthly pre-authorized with VISA, Mastercard or Chequing account or
pay for the year in advance. Of course, if you are currently subscribed to one of our dial-up plans we will apply any prepaid credit
towards your ADSL service.
Wireless services can be billed just the same as regular PRiS Dial-up accounts.
Pick up an application form at our office, or
How do I apply for Wireless or ADSL access?
Print off the application form and the
Agreement, fill it in, and mail it to the PRiS head office. To ensure the earliest
available installation date make sure that you completely fill out the on-line form, and attach any payments or documentation necessary.
We will contact you once we have approved the application, and determined that the requested service is possible.
You will have two options: You will be able to undertake the installation yourself once you pick up the required equipment, or we will
discuss other installation options with you.
With wireless service, a small antenna (about the size of a book in town, or about the size of a BBQ grill for rural areas)
will be installed on a mast. A special rf cable will be run from the antenna to the location of your main computer. We can
provide you with a USB radio, or a PCI or ISA card can be installed in the back of your computer, and connected to the cable.
Some configuration work will be required and you'll be super-surfing!
With ADSL service, we must first determine that the quality of your phone lines is acceptable for ADSL service. We must
then schedule the changeover for a time that will work for the Telco, the installer, and you. This can be as much as a week.
In some cases, you will need to get a network card for your computer during this time. (About $15 from PRiS for members). If
you purchase an internal ADSL modem that PRiS is providing, ($60), then a network card is NOT required, as the ADSL modem
slides directly into your computer, and you simply plug it into a regular phone jack.
If you are doing a self-install with third party equipment, you will need to connect the ADSL modem to your computer network card, and plug the
ADSL unit into one of
your wall jacks using a regular phone cord. Finally you will need to plug a small filter into each of the lines going to a regular phone,
to filter out the Internetty noises from your regular phone calls. Do some configuration and you are on your way.
Our installer might in some special cases, (alarmed buildings, etc) use a slightly different process: We begin by connecting a device called
a P.O.T.S (Plain old telephone service)
splitter where the phone service comes into the building (demarcation block) or as close to this location as possible. All the existing
phone lines are then routed through this device. The ADSL modem is then installed on its own line close to the jack where the PC is
located. Since ADSL only uses the high frequency portion of the line the low frequency portion is still available for the existing phone
line. As a result you will not notice any change in your current phone service. In addition, if you have the required network card in your
PC when our installer arrives, he will configure the card for ADSL for you. This means you will simply have to turn your PC on to establish
a connection. A worry free installation process!
For office settings, PRiS can also provide special ADSL Modems with a four port switch at a slight extra charge.
Where to go for more info? The web! Of course! ..
A short tutorial on ADSL
Definition of ADSL and starting points
More about wireless Internet
or call our office for information specific to the PRiS system.
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