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Fairpoint Says They're On Schedule With Broadband Upgrades
Offering 15 Mbps Service to Some Users
by Karl Bode 06:37PM Tuesday Jun 28 2011
Fairpoint Communications acquired Verizon's unwanted New England DSL network in 2008, then subsequently imploded under the not so watchful eye of New England regulators. Fairpoint's trying to make a comeback, recently exiting from bankruptcy and so far successfully adhering to merger conditions that require they deliver DSL to 87% of their phone customers in the state. In a series of post-implosion "broadband bulletins" issued by the company, Fairpoint insists they continue to make good progress toward that goal. In Vermont, the company faces a June 30 progress deadline they tell VT Digger (via Telecompetitor) they'll meet. The company says they now offer broadband to 82% of Vermont phone customers, 83% in Maine and more than 85% in New Hampshire. The company still has little room to breathe financially however as a growing number of customers ditch their landlines.

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FFH5
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What speeds are Fairpoint DSL users getting?

Are they getting the kinds of DSL speeds Verizon delivers to non-FIOS customers? Something on the order of 1500/256 kbps on low end and 3000/512 on the high end? If so, they may offer the service, but if cable internet is available they won't be signing up many customers.
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tshirt
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Re: What speeds are Fairpoint DSL users getting?

if you go here »www.fairpoint.com/residential/in ··· et-high/
and click the "show coverage" map (on the right side) ,you can see that they will probably meet the 'some sort of coverage' percentage on time.
their DSL/ broadband speed are listed as 1.5/386k to 15/1 with "standard" @3/512.
some areas show fiber coverage in place but using a series of local zips/addresses. (my usual method) I couldn't find any actual offers for fiber service.
looks like slightly wider than narrowband is all you'll get there on Friday.

tschmidt
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Re: What speeds are Fairpoint DSL users getting?

Interesting the overlay does not render correctly in either IE or FF. Cannot relocate it and bottom of page is cutoff so cannot enter all the data and press buttons.

One would think they would be very careful about that kind of PR stuff.

/tom

tshirt
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Re: What speeds are Fairpoint DSL users getting?

yes it took several refreshes to get a clear view on some pages, either the story has made the site "way too busy" or the site is "way underwhelming"
I think I'll vote B.

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Mason NH

Local paper had a story that FairPoint was finally able to deliver DSL to Mason NH. Topic of the story was about a person that was servicing his neighbors off an expensive T1 line. Now they are all able to get DSL.

»www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/924 ··· son.html

If circuit lengths are between 10-15 kft they should have no trouble delivering 1.5 and 3 Mbps service. My guess is in a lot of these rural areas they installed fiber fed remote terminals, but I'm just guessing.

/tom
Estragon

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Greenville, NH

Re: Mason NH

I have Fairpoint DSL in Mason, and the 15/1 service actually seems to run at 12/.9

Which is far better than anything Verizon had to offer us.

Unfortunately I was never able to join in on the COOP T-1. Between hills and trees I could not get a radio signal.

tshirt
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Re: Mason NH

The map makes it appear that the are building out in a circular fashion around each CO/remote hut, but I wasn't sure if that was real world or just the map style/icon used. If it's real speed should be fine for those in range.
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FTTN

might be better doing more FTTC and/or coax instead of trying to milk the copper forever. there are some cost savings of adding signal amplifiers for coax insteadof powering a remote terminal at certain low customer densities. if it wasn't cost effective.. Comcast wouldn't be doing it...
Estragon

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Greenville, NH

Re: FTTN

said by tmc8080:

Comcast wouldn't be doing it...

We asked Comcast about wiring our town for cable service. It wasn't cost effective, so Comcast wouldn't do it.

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Re: FTTN

said by Estragon:

said by tmc8080:

Comcast wouldn't be doing it...

We asked Comcast about wiring our town for cable service. It wasn't cost effective, so Comcast wouldn't do it.

Unfortunately, that's not too suprising.
Greenville, NH has lees than 500 households, so with a typical take rate of 30% (generally less in rural areas as there are plenty of outdoor things to do) would give around 150 or so subs, figure most already have satellite, use OTA, or don't want TV so figure mostly internet with some phone and some TV figure (generously) 500 revenue units total and maybe $10 profit per unit above NORMAL build out cost, so MAYBE they net $5000 per month to paydown the hundred of thousands it would take to wire your town (construction costs jump a lot away from major facilities, even if it's a 1 hour round trip to the nearby motel/resturant/etc. imagine the bid/bill when you pay travel time for a crew of 20 for several months) in addition if you aren't close to another franchise the backhaul, headend and TECH costs skyrocket. (imagine paying a tech for 3 hours of driving for every install and service call and emergency repair.
some places just don't have enough business to support some types of services at prices people are likely will/able to pay.