> Is there any other flat-rate subscription out there apart from IOL-ESHITE?
>Not that I know of.
> Did I hear about some Genesis company?
>Genesis are apparently several months away from launch. I don't know what that
equates to in the Real World [tm].
> Also, anyone yet actually get to use a DSL
> connection and what did they think of it?
>DSL was only made available to a test group, I believe in Dublin, and possibly
in our esteemed Information Age Town, Ennis (*snigger*). As was cable, which was
tested in Swords. I don't trust or believe in cable though, since it's just a
big-arse LAN when you get right down to it - the more people log on, the slower
it gets. And of course we'll only have access available from Irish Multichannel
in Cork, who can't keep their todgers up, never mind the TV channels.
I imagine the introduction of cable Internet access - which also means you'll be
forced to take 'phone services off them - will serve to demonstrate further that
Irish Multichannel don't know their arses from their elbows, and that the head
honcho there is just what he sounds like - a pimp. Of course, that's a blatantly
roundabout scandalous comment - you'll have to look it up, won't you? - so I
don't get sued for libel. :)
Would NTL be any better if they can be arsed moving into the Cork telco market?
Who knows, but it surely has to be worth a try for them, considering Irish
Multichannels "customer support" record? (I worked in Cork Multichannel for a
fortnight oh-so-long-ago, and it was an enlightening experience watching them
play the calls that had been "logged" (on a standard answering machine) the
previous night (since they didn't have 24 hour support), while giggling into
their late-start cups of tea and immediately dismissing them from their tiny
minds.) Will DSL be any better for that matter? I have my doubts, because of the
aforementioned local loop problem.
As to the comments in the email you replied to - about Eircom being ready to
roll - I have my doubts about that too. I'm given to understand that equipment
will need to be installed in all exchanges that wish to offer DSL access, so
even if they have hardware installed in Blanchardstown and CityWest, it's far
from "ready for rollout". But even if that's not true - maybe Ronan can clarify
that for us - there's no doubt that Eircom will delay the introduction until
just before or after their competitors roll out their services, because they're
greedy little shites who will take full advantage of the local loop as long as
they possibly can. And until the regulator takes her finger out of her ass,
that's going to be quite some time in coming, since they have only decided on
bitstream access thus far.
The moral this week?
"COWBOYS TED, THEY'RE A BUNCH OF COWBOYS!"
Again. Christ, I'm starting to sound like JMCC! :)
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