Doug on 10 Sep 2012 23:38:31 -0700

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Re: [PLUG] Strange networking (or Verizon marketing) question.

I think your question was answered BUT what is really going on here is that Verizon wants badly out of the DSL business in FIOS areas. They are starting by not supporting DSL to third party providers - the local DCAnet is an example. They are pulling entirely out of the DSL business as of 1 Oct. I know I am losing mine. I had the option of Comcast or Verizon FIOS. I choose Comcast. It has worked very well so far. IP address does not change although there is no guarantee it will not. It was nice to be able to have both connections during my transition process. If I had chosen FIOS that would not have been possible.

I will continue to piss Verizon off though and keep my cheap POTS line for incoming calls and very local outgoing until they finally rip the copper out.

I wonder when Google is coming to town???


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Sent: Monday, September 3, 2012 6:05 AM
Subject: [PLUG] Strange networking (or Verizon marketing) question.

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On Saturday Shirley and I visited some friends for a wonderful day of fellowship and swimming, as well as great food and drink.

In the course of our wide-ranging conversations they asked me a strange networking question.  I have my suspicions (as revealed in the title of the email) but I just HAD to ask you folks.

Background:  They -
  live in Burlington County New Jersey.
  have a single computer.
  use Verizon as their ISP.
  have the "slowest" DSL available as they are not big Internet consumers.

They called Verizon to ask about setting up wireless access for their network.
The Verizon person said that they could not set up wireless without switching to FiOS.
  the DSL they have was "too slow" for wireless
  the higher speed DSL is no longer available on their street
  therefore, FiOS was the only option if they wished to have wireless.

I called "BULLSHIT" and told them that the use of a wireless router was independent of the speed of their connection.

Am I correct?

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