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Re: [vox] PacBell DSL alternatives

I can't get no satisfaction... until about Dec. also.
I have the feeling that PacBell doesn't make much on
DSL, and therefore, do not have pressing desire to
roll out the service faster to unserved areas. It's
kind of a shame, really, because they *should* be able
to make a decent margin on their service, but the
market has dictated otherwise. Oh well. We can all
wait together... BTW: I can't get cable yet either,
DOH! You'd think if I have a cable line to my house, I
could get internet over cable. Does anyone know what
is involved with that? Nevertheless, I'd prefer DSL
anyway. Good luck. 
--- Geoffrey Herteg <gherteg@valinux.com> wrote:
> During my ordeal with respect to moving 2000 line
> feet closer to the CO, but
> apparently to the other side of a fiber line (doh!),
> I spoke to quite a few
> alternatives to PacBell.  That being said, every one
> of them except for
> sattellite and possibly SonicNet (whom has seemed to
> dissapear from
> existance) rely on PacBell.  Rythms, Covad and New
> Edge all need PacBell's
> infrastructure to play nice (in other words, fiber
> is _bad_).
> MegaPath was the best customer service to date, as
> far as assigning me an
> account manager, who finally told me about the fiber
> on the line (after
> OmSoft and PacBell had just said no, due to
> 'technical reasons').  That, and
> their SDSL offerings seem to reach further (18K feet
> rather than 14K w/
> SBC).  And up to 8 IPs (static), after filling out a
> form (they give you one
> IP to start with and establish service is working,
> then assign the block
> later).
> <rant>
> Thanks to MegaPath and their willingness to share
> what information they had,
> Matt had enough ammo to pester the PacBell sales rep
> into telling us when 
> they're planning on outfitting the ResGate (not
> until December!).  Guerilla
> wireless was our next alternative, but seeing as
> Sushi Nobu's about the only
> business within our radio line-of-sight, I think
> we're screwed there too.
> So, unless about 5 of our neighbors want to chip in
> and get a frame-relay
> connection with 802.11b distribution to the
> neighborhood, two telecommuters
> will be forced to share a 56K modem dialup for 4
> months.  All thanks to
> PacBell's bureaucracy, and the three techs who, on
> separate occasions,
> assured us that DSL was available.  So, IMNSHO,
> anyone other than SBC is
> better.  But maybe I'm just bitter...
> </rant>
> -- Geoffrey, who's keeping his SBC DSL just long
> enough to log into his home
> boxes from LinuxWorld SF.
> begin  William Kendrick quotation:
> > This is the last straw.
> > 
> > These idiots tried hooking up DSL at our _old_
> house after knowing where
> > we live for months.  This is the last chance I'm
> giving these people.
> > I've been on the phone upwards of 45mins (most of
> it old hold or yelling
> > at the people at the other end)
> > 
> > 
> > Should I just tell PacBell to bite me and go with
> Omsoft?
> > 
> > Am I going to have the same issues crop up?  ("oh,
> we don't support
> > linux... you'll need special windows software to
> use the dynamic IP...
> > what version of windows do you have?"  (I told
> them, "hell, i dunno... 98?"))
> > 
> > >:^(
> > 
> > -bill!

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