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Verizon DSL and the Broadlands

Discussion in 'Community Broadband & Computers' started by hornerjo, Feb 17, 2004.

  1. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    The Tech Committee has heard several rumors of Verizon upgrading our local equipment to provide DSL to our area.

    At this time we have no confirmation of any rollout plans for DSL.

    The Broadlands has fiber that runs through our neighborhood. DSL is a copper-based technology, it will not work over fiber. In order for Verizon to offer us service, they need to put 'boxes' in-between us and the fiber - trying not to get too technical it's kind of like this:

    Your House ---> Verizon Box ---> Fiber Line ---> Verizon CO

    There is more involved, but basically thats it. In order for Verizon to service us, they would need to install these 'boxes' (called Remote DSL Access Multiplexers - or Remote DSLAMs) at or near our neighborhood.

    If anyone knows a technician that works with Verizons DSL services for our area, we would love any updates that they could pass along.

    But again, at this time - we have no confirmation other than rumors of Verizon upgrading local equipment to provide DSL.

    Tech Committee

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  2. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson New Member

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    Please keep us informed on this! I make it a personal mission to annoy Verizon about this every time I get a negative DSL Reports result!
     
  3. TigerFan

    TigerFan New Member

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    This is a great rumor and I hope it is true. I switched to Adelphia TV when I went to the cable internet for the package because it was cheaper, and have missed my sattelite TV ever since. I would much prefer having a dish TV and DSL internet, so please keep us informed and is there anything we can do to persuade Verizon to do this?! By the way, with the increase in cable rates, are people using powerlink for internet only and a dish for TV??
     
  4. brim

    brim Member

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    I am.
     
  5. GCyr

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    brim,

    I am...
     
  6. Homer Simpson

    Homer Simpson New Member

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    He means he's using Dish and Adelphia. I'm contemplating doing the same. I will NEVER, and I mean NEVER go back to Adelphia for cable. And I'm only going to Adelphia b/c I've been w/o broadband for five years now.
     
  7. hornerjo

    hornerjo Senior Member

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    I have Dish for tv and Adelphia for internet also. Hate to say it, but Adelphias connection has been great. No complaints for the last few months.

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  8. TigerFan

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    How much is the Adelphia for internet only? I am trying to get the numbers right so I can go back to my dish for TV.
     
  9. GCyr

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    $54.95 by itself...

     
  10. TigerFan

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    flynnibus Well-Known Member Forum Staff

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    I pay $39.99/month for DTV and then $37.95 (promo) for cable+modem lease. After promo (12months) it goes up to $57.95

    Adelphia has outtages sometimes.. but they've seemed to have fixed their speed problem that was plauging them for awhile. I get 100+k/s sustained nearly all the time now. (its not 3megabits.. but its not slow either)

    -Steve
     
  12. Pictor Guy

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    There was talk of this when I put in my IDSL line (a few years ago). I was told that Verizon didn't want to invest in Remote DSLAMs. If these new rumors are true it would be a great thing. ADSL/SDSL is long over due here.
     
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    I miss Direct TV but I don't want to go through Pegasus (sp?) or any third party. I want to be able to update my programming online and have our new service in seconds. I was told that we had to go through a third party because of our zip code. :(

    The cost of Adelphia has climbed to the point where there is no cost savings. I am open to returning to DSL and satellite. Any appreciable difference between Dish & DirectTV?

    My biggest and current complaint with Adeplia is their boxes are so slow to respond to the remote it is frustrating, several seconds at times. When I push "guide" it always comes up to Channel 1 and does start from the currently viewed channel.
     
  14. Homer Simpson

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    I don't know that Dish has to go through Pegasus. I go through Dish directly. I think it's fundamentaly unamerican to force someone to go through a third party and pay more for less services just b/c someone belives they are "disadvantaged".
     
  15. Dwarflord

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    I go through Direct TV directly as well. I bought the equipment, installed it, adjusted for signal strength, called up direct TV and presto. Im up and working. I opted for Direct TV at the time because of the Sunday NFL ticket, I know at the time, Dish did not offer that.

    DwArFlOrD
     
  16. Pictor Guy

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    With DirecTV I have to use Pegasus and won't go back for that reason. I can't get a good answer from DirecTV as to why I have to use Pegasus. I have people who live to each direction from me who don't. But there are others on the street who do have to use Pegasus. So it's not limited to zip code.

    Dish is direct and you don't need to use a third party like Pegasus. The DirecTV equiptment is much better (IMO) than Dish's but that's my only complaint. Both are light years better than Adelphia from my experience.
     
  17. Homer Simpson

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    I heard that Pegasus exists b/c of the FCC regulating competition. They mandated that rural areas such as 20147 have to use Pegasus as a provider.
     
  18. boomertsfx

    boomertsfx Booyakasha!

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    Yeah Pegasus is BS... Darn NRTC.... I think the deal was that they helped finance some of the $$ for the satellites to go up, and in exchange they got exclusive rights to certain "rural" areas.

    I moved from Fairfax to Ashburn with DirecTV and everything worked fine. Then, I realized I didn't update my phone number with Directv, so I called to update it. She put in the new number and it automatically cancelled my account and she said I would have to call Pegasus.

    Pegasus is about $5/more a month because they charge the extra $6 or whatever for locals whereas D* only adds a buck extra from Total Choice Plus, etc.

    And then they also charge a "franchise fee" which pisses me off too...

    Oh well... :(
     
  19. Homer Simpson

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    Yeah, Ashburn is real 'rural', not! A scam is still a scam by any other name...
     

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