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Comments on news posted 2008-08-18 10:05:52: [att=1340235,r]AT&T's somewhat ugly U-Verse VRAD cabinets, required to offer U-Verse VDSL service, have been a point of contention for local homeowners, who claim the curb side cabinets erode property values. ..

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fatmanskinny
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Wow, what beautiful landscaping!

I bet they made center page in Better Homes and Garbage.


Airwolf7
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Sounds reasonable to me.

Sounds reasonable to me.



pnh102
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Unsurprising

quote:
... third has AT&T paying $1500 per site regardless if landscaping is necessary. Most Illinois cities are apparently picking the third option, says the source.
Of course the government always picks the option that gets it the most "free" money, courtesy of AT&T's subscribers. I guess those ugly looking boxes are not that ugly after all.
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Matt3
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said by pnh102:

quote:
... third has AT&T paying $1500 per site regardless if landscaping is necessary. Most Illinois cities are apparently picking the third option, says the source.
Of course the government always picks the option that gets it the most "free" money, courtesy of AT&T's subscribers. I guess those ugly looking boxes are not that ugly after all.
That is pretty shady. I bet their excuse is "We'll only use the money for landscaping!" ... yeah right.

Airwolf7
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They need a lay down version of that box.

That box is just to tall.

They need to use the tall box where they are space constrained and use a much shorter and longer box where they are not.

People complain because they have a six foot tall box in their yard. It's kind of hard not to notice a six foot tall box in the yard.

If they used a shorter and longer box where they could, it would be easier to plant shrubs around it making it less obtrusive.

Might be less complaints if it were easier to hide, but there would always be someone to complain about something.



Nightfall
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To BBR Users...

This VRAD box doesn't look bad at all. It looks like heaven.

To the basic consumer, they are an eyesore.
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BabyBear
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AT&T: Your landscape delivered!


Does that include any graffiti cleanup too? Our VRAD hasn't been hit yet, but our "POTS Box" gets tagged at least every few months.



FFH
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reply to pnh102

Re: Unsurprising

said by pnh102:

quote:
... third has AT&T paying $1500 per site regardless if landscaping is necessary. Most Illinois cities are apparently picking the third option, says the source.
Of course the government always picks the option that gets it the most "free" money, courtesy of AT&T's subscribers. I guess those ugly looking boxes are not that ugly after all.
I'll bet the city takes the money and does no landscaping at all for their residents.
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en102
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Goes straight into the 'general fund', and will (most likely) never be used for its intended purpose.
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hayabusa3303
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Very nice drawing there Karl.

That is about right, put one flower down and say its landscaped.



aciddrink

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Put one of these in my yard!

I'm sure people used to complain about those large green cable boxes that were put in everybody's yards 20-30 years ago, but by god the service they provided was amazing eh? Similar to what we have here. Even though these large boxes may not look pretty, at least we are making progress in the broadband market (slowly).



King P
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What?

I'm one of AT&Ts biggest critics, but even I think this is ridiculous. The cities complain about not getting service, and then complain about the equipment that provides it? Now if they planted a VRAD in your front yard, that's a different story.

You can't have your cake and eat it too. Also, why am I not surprised that the cities are opting for the free money option? If they truly cared about the looks of it, then they would only want the landscaping done.
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radougherty

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reply to BabyBear

Re: AT&T: Your landscape delivered!

said by BabyBear:

Does that include any graffiti cleanup too? Our VRAD hasn't been hit yet, but our "POTS Box" gets tagged at least every few months.
I've seen many VRAD's here in Austin tagged already. Some with the normal graffiti but others where someone has just painted UGLY on them.


Corehhi

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Bluffton, SC
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Re: Unsurprising

Bet your right and that's just not right. Those boxes are ugly and I would be mad about having one of those in my front yard.



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This song plays as AT&T installs the VRAD box.

»www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdbt-sx5MDc


"That AT&T VRAD box is simply marvtabuloulicious. Smooches!"
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iansltx

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Re: What?

Hmm, yaknow that VRADs are there because AT&T chose VDSL as their upgrade path, versus ADSL2+ (qwest) or FTTH (Verizon). Note that neither Qwest nor Verizon have huge freakin' boxes in front of people's lawns.

I'll bet AT&T will pay for trying to build their network cheaply, in the form of whining, complaining and landscaping on these VRADs.



Matt3
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Re: Unsurprising

said by Corehhi:

Bet your right and that's just not right. Those boxes are ugly and I would be mad about having one of those in my front yard.
Yep, and the only time a small sliver of the $1500 per box will be utilized is when someone complains loud enough.


Jameson
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Uhm.

You can put one in my yard if im going to get fiber



swhx7
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Why not dress up the boxes?

Imagine if they built a nicer-looking box around each metal box. Something with wood construction and a little roof, maybe - in any case consistent with the architecture/esthetics of the surrounding houses. It could look like a like a sort of gate-house, like the ones occasionally seen in upscale areas. This could be done for $1500 per box.

Just an idea - maybe this would satisfy complainers enough to lessen an obstacle to better, faster internet.



dadkins
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Re: Wow, what beautiful landscaping!

said by fatmanskinny:

I bet they made center page in Better Homes and Garbage.
LMAO!
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morbo
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Re: Why not dress up the boxes?

maybe offer billboard space for rent? don't give them any ideas...



Dogfather
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City keeps the money

So AT&T bribes the city at $1500 per box and residents still get to see the fridges in front of their homes.

Gotta love the greed of gov't.



stormbow
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Re: Why not dress up the boxes?

With maybe a little quarter moon cut into the access door.


BabyBear
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Always thought they might put ads on the boxes. At least till local ordinances tell them otherwise. A lot of them are on busy streets with plenty of traffic.



meh37

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Test-bed for meta-materials...

cloak of invisibility? (though it might make things more difficult for techs trying to find them when they need maintenance... but that's a small price to pay, I guess)



Kylemaul
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Bury these already!

For $1500 per site, they could/should have buried these things.



Lowtarget
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Re: Test-bed for meta-materials...

said by meh37 :

cloak of invisibility? (though it might make things more difficult for techs trying to find them when they need maintenance... but that's a small price to pay, I guess)


I can see this happen.. Kid on a bike running into the cloak of invisibility. lmao


fatness
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Re: Unsurprising

said by FFH:

I'll bet the city takes the money and does no landscaping at all for their residents.
Which raises the question of what AT&T feels it's getting for its $1500.
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FFH
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said by fatness:

said by FFH:

I'll bet the city takes the money and does no landscaping at all for their residents.
Which raises the question of what AT&T feels it's getting for its $1500.
It blocks lawsuits by city governments and friendly rulings on "right of way" issues and zoning issues.
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Matt3
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said by fatness:

said by FFH:

I'll bet the city takes the money and does no landscaping at all for their residents.
Which raises the question of what AT&T feels it's getting for its $1500.
Probably use it to convince regulators. "Hey, we'd offer to landscape, but when we do and even paid for the communities to do it themselves they apparently weren't too worried about it!"
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