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RE: Microsoft offering xDSL access
> -----Original Message----- > From: [email protected] [mailto:[email protected]]On Behalf Of > Martin Hannigan > Sent: Friday, January 23, 1998 8:59 AM > To: [email protected] > Subject: Re: Microsoft offering xDSL access > > > At 03:19 AM 1/23/98 -0000, you wrote: > >>Today there was an article in the sci-tech section of cnn.com mentioning > >>that Microsoft was teaming up with Intel and Compaq to offer xDSL service > >>to the homes for a very low price. They claim to be able to provide > >>Internet access "30 times faster" than regular modems. > > > >The announcement also said that four of the five baby Bells (all but > >BA) are also in on the deal so they'll all use common xDSL standards, > >something that's been a problem in the past. > > > >But the important thing they did not say (and which may be of some > >interest to NANOG) was what is supposed to happen to the packets once > >they whiz down the DSL wire from the consumer to the phone company > >central office, since DSL data, unlike ISDN or regular dialup > >connections, doesn't go through the phone switch. Whoever handles > >that IP traffic needs a router or something similar next to the phone > >switch to connect to those DSL pairs. Do the Bells plan to hand all > >the traffic to their oh-so-independent ISP subsidiaries? Will it be > > http://techweb.cmp.com/eet/news/97/941news/central.html and yes > you've got to have colo at the CO. I'm not sure how they're > going to hand off. I would think it would make sense for > CLEC's to do the aggregation of DSL subscription and point > it back to the customer i.e. the ISP pulls a circuit into > our CO, and we split the traffic after carrying it back from > the CO for the ISP. > > Disclaimer: I'm thinking out loud. We're about to start DSL > trials and I'm only certain of the colo situation. > We didn't even want to THINK about talking to the telco about co-lo at the CO. Our solution was to go to a business that is NEXT DOOR to the CO and offer them free/cheap internet in exchange for rack and space on their telco termination board. We're getting very good distance on our pairs.