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In the late 90s a T1 cost about US$1,500/month. It came with a bunch of service guarantees and the like because it was aimed squarely at businesses. A T1 is only 1.5mbps too, fast for the time but in absolute terms not that great. The only other options were 56k modem (48kbps on a good day) and frame relay or ISDN, which was a solid 64kbps and lower latency than a modem but also far more expensive than it should have been (US$200-300/month).

ISDN ("It Still Does Nothing" to give its facetious full name from the time) lines were often bonded, usually to give 128kpbs though faster configurations were possible, though of course there was an increased cost for this.

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