Originally Posted by KayLR
(you know-those little buildings out in the middle on nowhere that are setup for DSL-I don't know the correct name for them)they also told me if enough people requested DSL they would equip the building in that area. Our only problemis we are in such a remote area and the only phone company we have access to is Frontier and they wallup us for it--Like 50.00 a month compared to some of the other companies that can supply it for 19.99. Frontier has no competition here so they can ask what they want and if you want it you gotta pay
Those little buildings have many names: DSlam, ASam, CCO, Remote office etc... My company was putting these everywhere until the economics of doing so slowed that process. We would spend 100's of thousands on one of these just to get 3 subscribers at $30 a month.
Now to set the record straight... did you protest in the street when the Fed broke up the phone company in 1984? I didn't think so. It broke up a monopoly that was slow to respond and handed out new technology at its own pace. New technology now rushes to the market place which is good. The bad news is that it rushes to the cities where every other company tries to compete. Servicing the folks who live 10 miles out of town costs too much so they ignore that peice of the pie (unless they choose to piggy back onto the local company and act as a reseller which the Fed forces the local company to sell their service at 2/3 of actual cost). That leaves the local phone company that still "have" to service you.
Before the break-up, city service subsidized remote service, which your local company still does but the competitors don't have to pony up for this. If your local phone company ever gets full divesture, look out! They will be able to charge what they want to service remote regions... right now prices are still somewhat dictated by the Fed's.
Remember the "you can hear a pin drop" campaign of the early 80's. The technology that provided that clarity now prevents new digital signals (DSL) from working properly. The phone companies are now scrambling to remove that equipment from the lines. We don't need no stinking "voice quality"... just look at our Cell phone service... folks are now standing in line at the grocery store screaming into the phone so the other person can hear.
In another 10 years I think your "local" phone company will be a just thing of the past. It will leave a group of "cell phone" like companies left. We all know what great customer service we get from our cell companies.
Thanks for letting me vent....