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Re: [OM] OT: Dialup Intrnet

Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Dialup Intrnet
From: Moose <olymoose@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 13 Feb 2020 14:28:21 -0800
On 2/13/2020 1:52 PM, Ken Norton wrote:
Thanks for saying what has been on my mind about this. I ahd DSL once. I 
didn'[t ever have a horse and buggy, bu tI expect I would have liked each other 
Of course a major high-tech university town is not going to use an antiquated 
technology like DSL.
The "technology" isn't antiquated, just the physical medium. And in
reality, the physical medium isn't necessarily antiquated, it just
needs proper engineering to be utilized.

Weeellll, that depends. I used to have occasional trouble with dial-up. Then I had trouble with DSL. I had various service calls in over the years. The hip young Asian guy with the spiky gelled hair and the fancy looking test gear told me I was far enough from the hub that I couldn't expect high speeds. He said my real trouble came when it couldn't reach the set speed, dropped down to snail's pace back-up speed - and could only be reset from their end. He set it lower than before, to minimize those events.

But it was the grizzled veteran lineman who told me what the real trouble was. After reconnecting me through three junctions, he told me that all the old copper gear around here has developed a fatal problem with age. The punch down connections and the wire have some sort of chemical interaction that corrodes the wire, and it breaks. He said that on two poles, my connection was only the end of a wire resting against the punch down connector terminal.

That was many years ago, and as you said, that copper ain't gonna be replaced. Somebody ran some new cable up the poles here months ago, but as yet, no one has offered me a fiber connection. So, hi ho,hi ho, cable is the way to go. For now.

Cabled Moose

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