> More to the point, why do you need USB? Sound I've got, USB too, but
> what are you betting they want to present you with some sort of !=
> Ethernet for which you need Windows drivers? Grr!
I'd say they're going to provide an ADSL codec which has a USB
interface. This is hardly a major problem - USB is an easy standard
to reverse-engineer, even if Linux drivers for the device in question
don't already exist.
Also, I don't see any particular reason why one couldn't use a
different ADSL codec, with an Ethernet interface, if necessary.
>> Will telephone calls be charged separately?
> Almost certainly. It does look as if they plan to piggyback telephone
> service (POTS or ISDN, I wonder?) on top of DSL. This is how Deutsche
> Telekom do it (you get ISDN over ADSL), and it's there purely as a way
> of helping you retain the telephone service you need.
What? ADSL uses a broadband signal, which doesn't (shouldn't)
interfere with the baseband POTS signals on the line - there's no need
to "piggyback" POTS on top of ADSL or anything like that. I'm not
sure about ISDN, but I think ISDN is also a baseband signal, so the
same principle should apply.
The most sensible pricing structure would be to continue to charge for
line rental and phone calls as previously, with an additional flat fee
for ADSL, possibly with a high-usage tariff. This seems to be the
model which is followed in most other countries using the system. Of
course, it being *sensible* doesn't mean it will *happen*... we can
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