I am the broadband Bermuda Triangle
Stephen D. Williams
Thu, 06 Dec 2001 11:33:35 -0500
Cool! A funny article about real life...
I have been lucky, apparently, to never have successfully had DSL
installed here even though I've been told repeatedly that it was
available, and then it wasn't. Once I even had a DSL modem installed
with a connection indication, which mysteriously stopped working and the
explanation was that sometimes it just think's it's connected.
Note that I live 3.5 miles from AOL HQ and 2.5 miles from UUNet/Worldcom
HQ, and <10 miles from what used to be PSINet. I am however in Loudoun
county (as are they) rather than Fairfax where they have had DSL and
real cablemodems for a while. I suppose I'll end up with a cable modem
when they complete rennovation soon to make it two-way on my
I'm still using my dual-channel ISDN connection that is now something
like 5 years old. This being Bell Atlantic/Verizon country, of course
I'm drastically overpaying: $130 for 500 channel hours/month (meaning I
have to flip the switch on the ISDN router/NAT every time I'm not using
it) and $40 for two PPP channels at a local ISP.
The latency is very low, it's reliable, and I can pull down a gigabyte
over a couple days if I just let it run.
I suppose I'm lucky.
Mike Masnick wrote:
>Okay, so unlike some of you, I don't get published very often, so I'm not
>above blatant self-promotion when Salon publishes an article I wrote about
>my amazing powers at bringing down broadband company after broadband company: