reply to Wondering
Re: Not servicable, but Comcast pulled cable under my driveway If it headed towards a cell tower, it probably, as someone else mentioned, feeds it for back-haul. Locally, we are wiring up all the sprint and Verizon towers. For Sprint at least, we run fiber to a point at the road, and Sprint has another contractor that runs fiber from the tower to the road, and we connect together.
As far as you being able to hook to it, probably the only chance you would have is if you requested metro-e service, as that is fiber based. You could also see what the requirement in the franchise for your city/county says about homes per mile that they are required to service. Or, go into a local service center and ask them for contact information abut someone you could talk to about possibly having service extended. You didn't say how far away from your location the closest serviceable area is.
Firstly thanks to everyone whom has chimed in, this has been very informative.
Based on the feedback I'm nearly 100% certain this must be a back-haul line, and I'm nearly as certain that the mentioned Metro E either won't be available or would be cost prohibitive for me.
Someone had asked how far away the closest service is from my home (I think that was the question). AFAIK about 1/4 mile up the road some folks have Comcast.
I stopped in at the local Comcast service center the other day to inquire about this also, but they don't let you speak to anyone that actually knows what's what...but they were friendly and got me a ticket. The lady I spoke with said that my past requests for service indicated I was file miles away from the "cable plant" and that made me un-serviceable, but I guess they'll check again (maybe 5th time is a charm).
I've also looked up the details on the Montgomery County franchise, and the population density for where my home is almost certainly does not meet the level needed to require Comcast to provide service.
I guess I'm just one of the millions of Americans that will be doomed to either live with satellite data caps and meh service or to live without the Internet.
The shroud of the dark side (aka the last mile problem) has fallen.
Sigh...any other ideas?
bradyrColumbia College ITPremium
see if there are any WISPs (wireless isp's) in your area that could provide you service.
could be a better alternative to high-latency satellite.
Thanks BradyR...I just came across a wisp in the area called RapidDSL, and dropped an inquiry form into their site. Fingers crossed!