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LinuxPR: Penguinista DSL Project Announces New Test Program to Get DSL Service Installed Quicker...

Jul 30, 2000, 00:30 (4 Talkback[s])


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"Jeff Gerhardt, chief executive officer of GeekCast.Com Networks and co-host of The Linux(R) Show!! stated today, "Although the Penguinista DSL Project is progressing we have developed statistics that are very bothersome. Of those who have qualified and signed up for the service; nationally only 30% have actually gotten installed, and here in the Chicago Metro that install rate falls to about 8%. This is pathetic, and further evidence that the RBOCS (Regional Bell Operating Companies) really do not have the public interest at heart."

"Although there are some technical issues with DSL, we attribute these low install numbers primarily to political games and loose interpretations of FCC guidelines by the RBOCS. The excuses we see for the poor performance are almost laughable. One week the installers kid will be sick and they miss an appointment, the next week they have a flat tire, the next week they do not have the right tools, the week after that the line is deficient and will have to be reinstalled. And finally after weeks of these games we are told that there are insufficient resources at the local CO. It is all pretty much a load of BS from our perspective. It has gotten to the point here in the Midwest that we are now jokingly referring too Ameritech as the Evil Empire."

"Now, with new FCC guidelines in hand and a legal resource as a partner, we are now launching a new test program. We are looking for people who have previously qualified for DSL service at home or at their business that had great difficulty getting installed and eventually gave up. We would like to get these people to participate in the test program to see if these new regulations and the program developed by our new partner will work at getting these installations completed. If you are interested/willing to participate in the new test program, we ask that you email dsltest@geekcast.com"

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