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[Discuss] data caps

In the past several years my service has been very solid with the
exception of cars hitting the poles and trucks puling down the wires.
The pole also was used for FIOS so that FIOS would have been down too as
was power.

On 01/22/2013 02:53 PM, Rich Pieri wrote:
> On Tue, 22 Jan 2013 13:35:26 -0500
> Jerry Feldman <gaf at> wrote:
>> Both Comcast and FIOS are on the same outside poles. Comcast is mostly
> We have no poles in my neighborhood. It's all buried. Comcast and
> Verizon share the same tunnels under the streets. The ways are owned by
> either Verizon (New England Telephone) or NSTAR (Mass. Electric); I'm
> not sure which off-hand.
>> fibre. It does not really matter today. For one, remember that you are
> Comcast runs a coaxial tree network with many signal splitters in
> junction boxes. These boxes are cheap plastic affairs that literally
> sit on the ground outside a group of units.
> Verizon runs a fibre star network with every unit having a private loop
> and jack plate. These jack plates are located inside of each unit's
> storage closet.
> Coax vs. fibre doesn't matter until weather gets into the exterior
> junction boxes. This is bad for Comcast since their coax connectors are
> cheap and they corrode. This is a non-issue for FiOS since nothing is
> exposed to the weather.
> YMMV, but my limited experience with Verizon's exterior ONTs is much
> better than what I've seen from Comcast.
>> on a packet network. And while a large number of subscribers in a
>> neighborhood are all downloading at the same time might affect your
>> server, it mostly does not. The real issue is is that both FIOS and
> My experience with Continental, MediaOne and Comcast vs. DSL and FiOS
> differs greatly from your description. Comcast has NEVER delivered
> advertised throughput. Not in Holbrook, not in Easton, and not in
> Natick. Verizon has consistently delivered in Holbrook (DSL) and Natick
> (FiOS).

Jerry Feldman <gaf at>
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