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What are the best deals for getting a high-speed Internet connection at home?

It's no problem these days to get high-speed Internet in Moscow.

Broadband ADSL connections allow an average data transfer rate of 7.5 megabits per second. The technology uses ordinary telephone lines, but it also lets you surf the Internet while talking on the phone.

The largest service provider offering the best high-speed connection deal is MTU-Intel, which recently launched a new set of tariffs, called Stream.

Stream's initial connection fee is $50, but you will also need to buy a special modem. A USB modem costs $49, while a more sophisticated Ethernet-modem will set you back $75. If you cannot install the modem by yourself, a company specialist can do it for an additional $30.

Monthly rates start at $15 for 200 megabytes of traffic, with various discounts available for college students and others. A more detailed description of plans may be found on the web at www.stream.ru.

One drawback of MTU-Intel is that it cannot establish a connection if you have a telephone line-based alarm system in your home.

The next best option is a connection through a local network. Such networks are usually run as neighborhood businesses and advertised locally.

The local provider connects users to a shared network, which requires a hookup to a company cable.

Local networks do not use up your phone line, but they do make you dependent on other users. The more your neighbors surf, the slower your connection is. Disruptions are common, and it is not unusual to lose your connection for several hours.

Prices are higher than broadband but have been falling recently. An Internet connection through a local network averagely costs $20 per month for 500 megabytes. At about $80, the initial connection is also pricier than ADSL, but there are plans to waive the fee if you pay in advance for six or more months.
-- Dmitry Mironenko

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