Make it easier to get!!!
I live in an apartment complex north of Indianapolis. Covad puts my CO distance at 18,807ft, while NorthPoint says 23,785; in either case, it's IDSL or nada. Not that anyone seems to be offering IDSL around here, anyway; even plain old ADSL wasn't actively offered here until the beginning of this year, and Operation Pronto (or whatever SBC/Ameritech call it) hasn't really happened to us Hoosiers.
A few weeks ago, I thought, What the heck, I'll check DSL availability anyway with Ameritech.net, as well as with a local ISP with whom I currently have a 56K account. So, I filled out the Ameritech.net availability form; I was supposed to get a reply - "yes, we offer it where you are," or "no, we don't" - but no reply yet.
Now, the "funny" part is when I asked my ISP about availablity. From them, I got a message saying that (1) I'm too far from my CO, which I expected. However, (2) - this is the kicker - Ameritech won't take DSL orders from apartment complex tenants unless enough orders have been taken from within the complex. I think Joseph Heller wrote a book about a situation analogous to this; the book's name is such a clich d phrase that I need not repeat it. Hint: DSL won't be available unless other tenants order it, but other tenants can't order it unless DSL's available... So, even if remote DLCs are installed in town - which I'm sure won't happen for the next two years, at least - DSL's out of the question until Ameritech changes that unprintable obscenity of a policy.
Well, I can always get a cable modem, right? Wrong. The complex in which I live doesn't have a brand-name cable provider. Instead, we have OpTel. To be fair, it's inexpensive cable - only $29 a month for basic - and they do offer cable modem service in some of their service areas (mostly apartments). However, cable modems certainly won't be appearing here any time soon. I found out a few weeks ago that OpTel is currently in Chapter 11 bankruptcy, and they "expect" to re-emerge from it by the end of this year. The next question: Do pigs fly, too?
Hey, maybe I could get satellite access instead, like DirecPC. Survey says, bzzt! Since I'm in a first-floor, west-facing apartment, and the building in which I live blocks the southern sky from view, that last glimmering hope has also died an agonizing death.
So, with any luck, within a few years - i.e., when I move out - I can get high-speed Internet access. Come on, I live in a prosperous suburb of a burgeoning city, and I'm willing to spend money for fast, non-ISDN, non-wireless (both too expensive for what you get) Internet access. I'm even willing to put up with getting DSL directly from the Baby Bell; yes, I'm that desperate. So, what the hell is up with the utter lack of options???
I've been considering circulating a survey around the complex, asking tenants whether they'd get DSL/cable modem/whatever if they had a chance. Suggestions would be welcome as to the "best" way to do this.
·Time Warner Cable
Man I know how you feel. If I lived in in an apartment when I was going through the same thing, I would have packed up and moved to where there was broadband. But, I bought a house, which makes moving for net access exponentially more difficult and harder to justify. I seriously considered it, even though I had promises from both the cable co and the phone company that something would eventually be done for me.
If the amount of pain and frustration I went through is any indication, to preserve your sanity I would recommend planning a move. I did the ISDN thing and oh boy was that an experience I don't ever want to repeat. EXPENSIVE per-minute charges. Leaving your house becomes stressful because you wonder if you left it on accidentally. Or the worst.. waking up to see a connection that's been left on for 10 hours.
Cablemodem's finally here, and life is good. I hope you eventually get your problems resolved one way or another as well.