THE MADNESS CONTINUES!
VERIZON SAYS IT "DOESN'T DO" DSL
Is a fake Verizon
DSL across the U.S.?
March 5, 2010 — A Verizon source says "VERIZON DOESN'T DO THAT" when asked why Verizon won't install a
T1 and a switch for broadband in Darwin, California, near Death Valley.
Could all the DSL lines crisscrossing Southern California have been installed by a company posing as Verizon, but not really Verizon?
What makes this statement even more mind-numbingly crazy is that the Verizon source said this while yet another T1 line was being installed in Darwin — yet another T1 line that could be used for broadband internet.
You will find it hard to sleep after reading the latest chapter of corporate double-talk. Read more here.
INYO COUNTY VOWS SUPPORT;
CATCH 22 COULD PREVENT AID
February 19, 2010 — Although Inyo County vowed support for Darwin's broadband quest, a catch 22 could prevent actual county aid.
No, that isn't a typo: If Verizon ever offers to install DSL broadband in Darwin then grant money could not be used to aid broadband installation or in any way defray costs.
Great, huh? You gotta love it.
No, it's not Inyo County's fault. They really do want to help Darwin in its quest for Broadband. But the federal "last mile" grant is worded so that it only offers funds to communities without broadband.
|The progress page:
to Darwin, California
All Darwin essentially needs now is for Verizon to install a switch, routing DSL through existing phone lines to residents' homes. But Verizon makes it sound more difficult than making a 747 from peach pits. Read the latest (and the back story) in the always spellbinding blog of Darwin's noble quest for high-speed internet access.
So why doesn't Darwin kick back with a cold one and wait for the grant to come through? Well, the grant isn't a sure thing. And more importantly, even if Darwin qualifies for the grant, money is still at least two years away. Add actual construction of a broadband system for Darwin to the picture, and a grant-financed broadband solution for Darwin could be two to five years distant — very distant.
Good news and bad
But the good news is that Inyo County is on board to do what they can to help Darwin get broadband to alleviate the suffering of those with horribly slow internet connections in this tiny isolated burg, a mere fly-speck on a map of California, a few miles from the border of Death Valley National Park.
Read more about the first good news in 10 years in Darwin's seemingly neverending fight for broadband.