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1 Remote Terminal (RT)
RTs often go by many other names depending on the manufacturer, type, or region. Some common names are: RT, Slc or slick, Slc96 or slick 96, PairGain, Fujitsu, Series5, Remote Office, LightSpan, CEV (controlled environment vault), and they go on. A traditional RT should not be confused with a U-Verse VRAD.
RTs are not a new technology. Many Telcos have been using the technology for decades. RTs were originally used to serve high growth areas where there are limited copper facilities. RTs come in many shapes sizes and capabilities. Many RTs still in service today are not DSL capable.
In the last decade or so, RTs have been implemented to break the 18,000 foot DSL limitation from the central office and to serve people in outlying areas. The objective is to put the DSL equipment (DSLAM) closer to the subscriber, thus eliminating the distance limitation.
Note: In some cases it is possible to be too far from an RT for DSL service.
Secondly, the RT may not be DSL capable.
The "U-Verse" project was initiated a few years after Pronto. "U-Verse" is intended to provide voice, video, and data services.
Corporate link - »att.sbc.com/gen/press-room?pid=5838
Nevada Bell: http://www.nevadabell.com/
Pacific Bell: http://www.pacbell.com/
Southwestern Bell: http://www.swbell.com/
So, a C.O. based customer on a 6,000 foot loop would see better performance than an RT based customer with a 12,000 foot loop (to the RT). This works vice versa as well.
The only thing you can do that makes a difference is to put your name on the "waiting list" - (Please notify me when DSL is available in my area).
Calling, writing, collecting signatures, protests and demonstrations are all a waste of time. The placement of RT's is a revenue driven procedure. Once an area shows the potential for profit, it will not be long before the Splicers arrive.
You may think your area has good potential because of your desire for broadband; but in actuality there may be little interest or profit potential in the area.
Contrary to popular belief, affluent neighborhoods do not necessarily get preferential treatment. Rich people pay just as much for DSL as poor people (sometimes less).
If your are at your wits end and truly tired of waiting, might I suggest:
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