Does Internet Speed Vary by Season?
jgreco at ns.sol.net
Mon Oct 12 14:04:05 UTC 2009
> On 2009-10-11, at 19:22 , Joe Greco wrote:
> > (*) In the late 1990's, I heard the most astonishing claims made by
> > a new
> > entrant into the Milwaukee ISP market, about how some of the "other"
> > ISP's
> > "shared" lines between customers and this decreased your speeds.
> > They had
> > no clue who I was, so I engaged their technical person for a while
> > who set
> > out to convince me that other ISP's really _did_ do this mythical
> > line-
> > sharing - multiple modems to one port. Until I started talking
> > about the
> > technical aspects, that is.
> Not so mythical. Around the same time period, we found out about an
> ISP offering always-on ISDN BRI service for such a low price that it
> could not possibly make sense. We wondered how they could make ends
> meet at that rate until we found out how they did it. They daisy
> chained multiple customers' BRI lines together, using the second B
> channel from one customer to connect the next customer down the line.
> Once, one of their customers switched to our service and we
> reconfigured their router (a legitimate action: both router and BRI
> line belonged to the customer). Who knows how many downstream
> customers we broke by doing that.
A virtual ISDN party line! Cool! :-)
Joe Greco - sol.net Network Services - Milwaukee, WI - http://www.sol.net
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