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DSL Basics for Residences (Cable 07, Pair 153)

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  1. W. Wat son

    W. Wat son Guest

    I live a considerable distance from heavy population centers, but we do
    have DSL in businesses in our nearby town centers, schools, and even some
    neighbors about 3/4 of a mile have it. I've been waiting patiently for it
    for 5-6 years now. Our local phone company, SBC, is helpful but seems a bit
    confused at times.

    Years ago I was told I was within 18,000 feet of the central office.
    Something like 12K feet. Yesterday I found I was 27,000 feet away. I can
    understand that given the way lines are connected and routed. A neighbor
    3/4 of a mile had it installed. Yesterday, I got a call from a contact I
    have in SBC that's been trying to help me get it. She's new to the game but
    trying to be helpful. She told me someone in my immediate area turned down
    a DSL installation, and I might be eligible if I called SBC at an 800 #.
    She said to mention I needed a cable 07 for a pair 153. That's it. Well, I
    got no where, and SBC said I was 27K feet away, so no way. My contact then
    talked to SBC central, and the 800 contact and her figured it was maybe
    with another DSL organization that possibly had the customer who turned
    down DSL. My ISP (earthlink) called about 6 weeks ago to tell me that I had
    DSL in my area and that I would be eligible to obtain it. When I checked
    with SBC, they said no, as I again established yesterday. What are these
    people talking about? As far as I know, SBC is it in this area. When I go
    down in Sacramento, I see Covar (?) trucks with DSL painted on the side.
    Possibly Verizon is lurking around out there. Where can I get the straight
    scoop as a home owner?

    Do I need to prepare my household phone wiring? Who needs cable 07 and pair
    153? What does it take to get a closer distance to my house from the
    central office? Move! If I draw a line from where I thinkthe two central
    offices are along a path my car would take to get here, the distances are
    probably 2.5 miles and 4 miles. My neighbor (the 3/4 mile guy) is likely
    about the same distance from these two offices. In fact, how do I find out
    where the two offices are? If I drive the main roads from where I think a
    local DSL box is to my house, it's probably 1.5 miles.

    I think after this recent experience, I can probably forget about DSL in my
    life time. Maybe StarBand or DirecTV's system will do it. They are pretty
    costly though. Perhaps I need to bug Comcast. There cable line ends 1500'
    from my house.
    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA 9595)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet

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  2. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Then call Earthlink. They have their own wires, or a reciprocal lease.

    Good Luck!
  3. Terry

    Terry Guest

    We are a short distance from the telephone building and have DSL above (on
    the same wires) as our telephone service. The two services are separated by
    a telco provided filter at the point of entry to the house.
    Prior to that we had a service similar to DSL from the cable company TV
    coaxial cable.
    The telephone company in this area is very careful, if you are more than a
    certain distance from their switcher they will decline to provide DSL
    because it will not be reliable or speedy. If it the distance is marginal or
    there is doubt they will perform a DSL test of your telephone connection.
    After a while the areas of reliable coverage become known. So it becomes
    pointless for them to continually test for reliable service in an area which
    is obviously too far from their DSL service point.
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