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Re: A better idea One of the problems with ImOn (which I think may have bankrupted their predecessor McLeod USA) was they built both a PSTN and an HFC network. When I lived in Cedar Rapids, I had McLeod for a while and the line they ran to my house was a twin lead wire with one lead being an RG11 coaxial cable and the other being a twisted pair POTS line on the other lead coming from the pole. The system they have is too cumbersome to maintain. What I think ImOn should do is abandon the PSTN portion of their network and migrate their voice customers to VoIP using Arris or Cisco EMTAs so they could cut their outside plant costs in half. When they built their network (I remember them running their lines through our backyard in 1998), cell phones were a luxury and cable modem service was in its infancy so their network was an early design for triple plays. Now with VoIP being common and a PSTN sunset being the big telco's dream, they can deliver a triple play using an HFC plant and no longer need the PSTN part of the plant. Comcast (where I live) has been selling VoIP since 2005 or so.
A dream come true would be Verizon upgrading my area to FiOS but that is not going to happen in the near future.