I am the broadband Bermuda Triangle
Thu, 06 Dec 2001 11:17:03 -0600
Good read, Mike. I've forwarded it to several friends who had their
eXcitement at home curtailed Saturday morning. One of them says that
she's still disconnected, even though AT&T claimed things were 97%
restored. She's not enjoying her 3% status right now. Your story did
cheer her up. She's printing it out at work so she can show it to her
husband at home.
My experience has been roughly the opposite. I signed up with Telocity
over a year ago, and until 2 weeks ago was happily chirping along with
416 Kbps of SDSL bandwidth on Rhythms' network, at 15,000+ feet from the
CO. Telocity got bought by DirecTV, who warned me that Rhythms would
implode by September 5th, but apparently WorldCom was taking over pieces
of the network and my connection never hiccuped. Well, no more than
usual, but rebooting the gateway box fixes that.
Two weeks ago I switched to MegaPath and Covad, which dropped me down to
384 Kbps, but gave me 8 static IP addresses. So far no hiccups. And in
both cases, the Ameritech folks came out earlier than expected/promised.
They even had to go out of their way to find unused pairs between our
local junction and the next one upstream. For a while there I had all 4
pairs in use. Two phones, two DSLs.
And since we just had the siding replaced, I redid the cabling inside.
It had been 4-wire run outside to the upstairs rooms. I now have a dual
star of Cat5e (I'm gigabit-ready!) everywhere. This will make it
easier to cope with having to move the computers downstairs when the
bathrooms get redone next month. And in the whole process I only put my
foot through the ceiling once. Yes, I suppose I could've gone wireless,
but where's the fun in that? You can't even justify buying a punchdown
Fat, dumb and happy beats fat, dumb and unhappy.