An ISP of their own (was RE: [rescue] Being jobless)

Phil Stracchino alaric at
Wed Jul 30 18:02:32 CDT 2003

On Wed, Jul 30, 2003 at 03:59:03PM -0500, Joshua D. Boyd wrote:
> I've been over DSLreports repeatedly.  There aren't very many reports
> from PA in it, let alone my part of PA.  I think that Covad might offer
> SDSL service in my area, but it starts at $140 for IDSL speed service.
> If all else fails, I should be able to get actual ISDN for $100,

Remember, with ISDN, it's not the monthly fee that kills you -- it's the
per-minute connect charges.  The only way to avoid the per-minute
charges is to go with an ISP that offers Centrex ISDN, which makes you
logically part of their internal phone system as far as the telco is
concerned.  I wouldn't even CONSIDER non-Centrex ISDN, because if I
could afford non-Centrex ISDN, I could afford a fractional T1.

The telcos and the Feds, between them, have effectively killed ISDN in
the US as a data service.

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