Eric Hidle on 3 Nov 2005 10:17:53 -0000

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Re: [PLUG] DSL speed and [NT] and FIOS

I have the same issue... I just moved and now they can't even tell me how
far I am from the CO, but line tests show that I don't have sufficient noise
margin to support 3mbit... FIOS is going into the neighborhoods all around
me, so hopefully mine is on the list. For now, I have a second connection
via comcast, which I hate to have to do, but right now I know of no other
option. Does anyone know if there is a competitive cable ISP around here
that offers more business-oriented services like does?

Just as an FYI to customers (I've talked with them about FIOS
recently), they don't have any definite plans to carry FIOS, and it has
something to do with Verizon not deciding whether they'd let DCA handle all
the Layer-3 stuff that they do (static IP, routed blocks, etc..). If you're
a customer, and you want them to carry FIOS, my suggestion would be
to at least let them know so they have a bit more motivation. The prospect
of 30/5 with my routed block just tickles me, but it will take some work on
the part of the customers to make it happen.


----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Doug Crompton" <>
To: <>; "Philadelphia Linux User's Group Discussion
List" <>
Sent: Wednesday, November 02, 2005 9:51 PM
Subject: Re: [PLUG] DSL speed

> On Wed, 2 Nov 2005, Shameel Arafin wrote:
> > I called them up and asked, and they said I was too far (16.5K feet)
> > from the central office, and 3.0Mb requires you to be within 11K feet.
> > I'm up in northeast philly.
> >
> > That's too bad... Anybody have similar issues? Any workarounds?
> >
> > S/
> >
> Well really not much you can do. They have a conservative limit to avoid
> problems. You really can't blame them. The distance is in copper though.
> If you are on an RT (remote terminal) it would be the distance from there.
> I am actually over 4 miles from the CO but on an RT and the actual copper
> length is about 1000 feet.
> Unless you want to go cable the only thing to do is wait for FIOS. It is
> coming. Then you will have your choice of up to 30M.
> Doug
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