OOB core router connectivity wish list

Jay Ashworth jra at baylink.com
Sat Jan 12 00:09:25 UTC 2013

The issue wasn't diversity, it was "is my POTS on Central Battery"; sorry for the comparative red herring.
- jra

Walter Keen <walter.keen at rainierconnect.net> wrote:

>I work for a rural Telecom in northwest US. 
>Typically when I hear statements like that, it's that the tech built
>(strung aerially, trenched through ground, or through buried conduit)
>from a pedestal or other copper splice point to the customer premise. 
>I would only expect this to go to the nearest remote terminal, or
>central office if there is no remote terminal. In a lot of (rural)
>cases, there is no direct copper between most houses and the central
>office, instead they have to (in most cases, depending on what copper
>cabling is available you are only able to reach one remote) cable you
>to the closest remote that has equipment, where you are aggregated and
>back-hauled (typically via fiber, but sometimes by T1) to the central
>If someone wanted completely physical diversity, up to the point of the
>CO, you would have to ask (likely a few times, and possibly being
>escalated to an engineering department of sorts) if your new POTS line
>can be homed to a different remote, or directly to the CO, ideally on a
>different physical cable route, assuming your goal is backhoe
>For a business line, they may be willing to work with you on diversity
>About the only way to guess if you're connected to a RSU or directly to
>the CO, you would have to know where the CO is, guess the approximate
>copper distance to it (which may involve guessing the approximate path
>the cable goes) and then hook up some equipment to your POTS line that
>measures and estimates the distance of that copper pair. Then you can
>guess where you might be connected to. 
>----- Original Message -----
>From: "William Herrin" <bill at herrin.us> 
>To: "Jay Ashworth" <jra at baylink.com> 
>Cc: "NANOG" <nanog at nanog.org> 
>Sent: Friday, January 11, 2013 2:30:48 PM 
>Subject: Re: OOB core router connectivity wish list 
>On Fri, Jan 11, 2013 at 4:43 PM, Jay Ashworth <jra at baylink.com> wrote: 
>> You are suggesting that it is *at all* difficult for a technically
>> end-user to determine whether a given new POTS line will go to a CO
>or to an RSU? 
>Well, let me treat this as an opportunity to learn. How does one 
>arrange for a POTS line ordered from the telco to travel its own 
>dedicated copper pair all the way back to the central office building 
>if the the tech tells you he only built it from one of the local holes 
>in the ground? 
>Bill Herrin 
>William D. Herrin ................ herrin at dirtside.com bill at herrin.us 
>3005 Crane Dr. ...................... Web: <http://bill.herrin.us/> 
>Falls Church, VA 22042-3004 

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