posted on Mar, 13 2013 @ 06:25 PM
Gentlemen ... Ladies ...
I'm just about at my wits' end. The place where I work is at approximately the end of civilization--or what passes for civilization in Vallejo, CA.
Our building stands beside the last telephone pole on our street. In the side-lot is a Sprint cell tower. They had to pull their fiber-optic cable
through our warehouse, purlin-to-purlin, to get it from the pole to their tower.
In a nutshell, we're far from the nearest substation, and thus we are suffering severe DSL deprivation. AT&T sold us 4-megabit service--and it went
flaky. And flakier. They eventually decided that the highest stable speed we could get was 1.5Mb, so they cut us back to that. And that's on a good
The way it works is that they guarantee "up to
" 1.5Mb. In reality they will only deal with complaints if it falls below 0.38Mb. And it normally
hovers around that speed. If it drops to 0.37Mb they ... do something ... and it jumps back up to 1.5 for awhile.
So the 16 machines that require Internet connection share that. This is not an ideal situation.
End of November of last year, AT&T made their "we can save you money on your phone bill" call. We usually curse them and hang up, but this time
someone took the call. They wanted to sell us U-Verse. We bit--and they strung us along until a week ago before cancelling. Seems you can only have 1
DSL per address, and Sprint already has 25 DSLs at our address. (I know--makes no sense. But that only means you cannot argue with them using any
brand of "human" logic.)
So we tried Comcast. We were all ready to sign the contract when they sprung their little "gotcha!" They wanted us to pay $2000 for the cost of
stringing their cable the last 200 feet. (This is the third time we've played that particular game. They always pretend that everything's "GO" for a
few weeks before springing their nasty little trap.)
Well--my boss is both stubborn and cheap. He won't pay for T1, and we can't get anything else.
SO! Any ideas? (Not satellite--he's already rejected that categorically.) Anybody?
edit on 3/13/2013 by Ex_CT2 because: (no reason given)