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Speakeasy alternatives

Jerry Feldman wrote:
> On Thu, 29 Mar 2007 09:34:25 -0400
> "Matt Galster" <galsterm at> wrote:
>> That technical description of the network makes FiOS look more like
>> Cable than DSL.
>> "Verizon is constructing a passive optical network. Optical fiber
>> extends from central offices to unpowered hubs, in which the optical
>> signal is optically split up to 32 ways."
> Exactly. I can't speak for other cable companies, but Comcast brings
> fibre down to their equivalent of a hub and uses the existing copper.
> As I had mentioned earlier, at one time cable tv was a one-way system,,
> but could allow low speeds in reverse. I don't know if this is still
> true since many cable companies have virtually rewired. Now that
> Verizon has raised the bar with an excellent (from a technical
> standpoint) service, their competitors (Comcast, Charter, Cox, et. al.)
> will need to meet their level or service and price. On the other hand,
> the average cable Internet subscriber is only concerned with download
> speeds. We, on this list, are probably on the fringe.

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