A lot of us have been doing line monitoring for ages and being pingable has not been a security risk. Also you do not have to have a static IP address in order to do line monitoring. There are Line Monitoring Groups in many of the ISP forums as well some of the regional chat forums.
Take a look at the FAQ I linked to. It will explain all this.
Here is the link to the FAQ again:
»Line Monitoring FAQ
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Thanks, sashwa, good to know. Although I'm not experiencing serious slowdowns, just erratic speeds, your post motivated me to do a line quality test, and there was that same pesky router that's plagued us for ages, despite VZ's assurance months ago that it was being addressed:
It will be interesting to see if that router pops up a lot in the reports from this new service! And, if problem routers are identified, if VZ is a bit more proactive in addressing them.
Thanks Justin for the service, as well.
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