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Re: Ethernet won (was: RE: [funsec] Not so fast, broadband...)

  • From: Stephen Sprunk
  • Date: Wed Mar 14 12:25:04 2007

Thus spake <[email protected]>
perhaps not.  but there is a real issue w/ the number
of businesses that operate from the home (according to
some numbers this is as high as 65% of all US business)
and the telcos still retain a mindset of business areas
and residential areas.  It is not possible to get some
"business services" deployed in a "residential" area.
persuading a telco, one home-based business at a time,
that regardless of the zoning - there are really 65% of
those apartments running businesses and want business-class
services is an exercise in futility.

It depends what "business" services you mean. If you want a T1 or SONET pipe, yeah, you're going to hit a serious wall even if the fiber runs through your property.

However, most telcos have "business" DSL and "residential" DSL, and the physical layer is the same (ditto for cable, all the way back to @Home vs @Work). The only differences are the AUP, the price tag, and the ability to get static IPs. Expect to pay 2-3x for the same bit rate; higher bitrates may be available with "business" service, but the upload rates still suck because their gear is designed for consumers. Sticking with "residential" service for your home office will pay for basic server colo space somewhere else, and you'll get more for your money.


Stephen Sprunk "Those people who think they know everything
CCIE #3723 are a great annoyance to those of us who do."
K5SSS --Isaac Asimov