Bell Sympatico offered me fast service
john.moniz-rieW9WUcm8FFJ04o6PK0Fg at public.gmane.org
Sat Jul 12 21:26:42 UTC 2008
I've been away for a couple of weeks and just saw this....
D. Hugh Redelmeier wrote:
> I got a form letter from Bell that starts:
> Great news. Our new, next generation fibre optic Internet
> service is now availaible in your neighbourhood.
> Since ADSL in my house has been crappy and slow, I just phoned them to
> figure out what they meant by this.
> First they told me that they have fibre optic. I asked where? To my
> demarc, they said. Clearly this isn't true because they haven't been in
> my basement.
> I played 20 questions with Nasar on the phone, ignoring obvious
> - maybe there is fibre to a location closer than the Central Office
> was (the CO was about 5km, if I remember correctly, explaining
> my crappy service)
> - he told me that I could have 16000kb service (down, of course; 1mb
> up). That is perhaps 10x what I have now (from another ADSL
> provider). He agreed that it was 10 times what I would have had in
> the past.
> - he said that distance to the new CO-or-whatever was a secret and
> would not tell me
> - I asked about the modem (wondering if they have some new
> technology). He said yes, but was really only talking about
> features like being a router and switch on top of being a modem.
> When pressed, he said it was same old ADSL. 2wire brand.
> Does anyone know what this is about? Have Bell likely installed a
> "remote" to cut the length of the copper run? Or something else? Or,
This is basically what it is, fibre to a box closer to home, with ADSL2
technology. The copper component becomes very short. It is not fibre to
your demarc though - not yet anyway.
> nothing (just an ad)?
> Oh, and what is "next generation" about this?
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