OT: Internet Provider

Mike McGinn mikemcginn at mcginnweb.net
Wed Jan 7 20:28:08 UTC 2009

On Wednesday 07 January 2009 15:13:51 Karl F. Larsen wrote:
>         I am having trouble with my Internet providers. I am now today
> using the telephone company provided DSL sort of fast service. I pay the
> the telephone company (Qwest) $15.00 and the local provider SkyWi $20.00
> each month for my Internet. This has worked fine for around 5 years. But
> now SkyWi has Qwest in a legal fight that is still in court.
>         Qwest in a effort to hurt SkyWi, disconnected about 10,000 SkyWi
> users from the Internet without any warning. The State of New Mexico
> Public Regulation Commission ordered Qwest to restore service asap. So
> today Jan 7 2009 we have the Internet from SkiWi and life is good. But
> clouds on the horizon.
>         On Jan 13 Court will decide what to do with the current claims.
> If SkyWi looses they just agreed with Qwest to give us 10 days before
> they disconnect us again.
>         So now I am looking at options. I can find my old 56k telephone
> modem and go back to Juno. I can get Qwest to just send me the Internet
> without a email server. I can use the web based internet, or the Gmail I
> am now using to send this message to the list. I can try to find another
> local Internet provider for email service.
>         I am thinking I prefer Gmail to solve the email problem. Today I
> use Gmail to IMAP email to both my main computer and my laptop. A
> problem is that my wife uses WindowsXP and I am not sure Windows likes
> IMAP. For sure she will hate a new email address :-)
>         The other approach will be to hire another local Internet
> provider that Qwest likes. One does exist and it can be done. I will
> explore this tomorrow.
>         Does anyone on the list have other ideas? I was quite mad when
> the Internet died on the Tuesday before New Years and Qwest said they
> cant do a thing until Monday after New Years. In fact they were back up
> New Years eve at my home :-)
> Karl
> --
> 	Karl F. Larsen, AKA K5DI
> 	Linux User
> 	#450462   http://counter.li.org.
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This does not surprise me. I work for an internet wholesaler, we buy dialup 
from Qwest and Qwest DSL through an aggregator. To be blunt, Qwest is a 
messed up company. They are dumping all the dialup network they have, so we 
are spending a fortune putting in our own dialup lines to service our 
wholesale customers.

Since you have Qwest DSL you can see about going direct with Qwest for DSL. My 
ISP at home is strictly a pipe. I do not use their email nor does my family.

As a CTO I have had it up to my eyeballs with Qwest in the past year. The sad 
part is that they sued to be pretty good.

Mike McGinn
Registered Linux User 377849
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Code wrangling for over twenty years.
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