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Switched 56
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Switched 56 service allows customers to dial up and transmit digital information up to 56,000 bits per second in much the same way that they dial up an analog telephone call. The service is billed like a voice line-a monthly charge plus a cost for each minute of usage. Nearly all LECs and IXCs offer switched 56 service and any switched 56 offering can connect with any other offering, regardless of which carrier offers the service.

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