NORTHPOINT DSL NETWORK DIES

Last night 100,000 DSL subscribers were shut off after negotiations broke down between bankrupt Northpoint Communications and a dozen ISPs. My line is down. Here’s some more info.

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DIRECPC SATELLITE ACCESS

I just went and checked the status of satellite Internet connections, since my DSL line may go dead any day now. I’ve got lots of clients growing old waiting for DSL and cable in their areas.

Hughes runs the DirecPC network of satellites. They’re the only satellite company that’s up and running reliably these days. […] continued

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NORTHPOINT DSL SUBSCRIBERS BEING DUMPED

Personally, I blame Pacific Bell. A year ago business was thriving for Northpoint and Covad, who acted as wholesalers and contracted with ISPs to set up and maintain DSL connections. The wholesalers were required to rely on Pacific Bell for one phase of the work, though, and Pacific Bell used that as leverage to put them out of business. […] continued

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DIRECPC TWO-WAY SATELLITE ACCESS

DirecPC is the satellite Internet service offered by Hughes. It’s been frustrating up to now because it requires a dialup connection for your outgoing traffic. A two-way, always-on satellite connection will be available soon, but it appears that you’ll have to sign up with one of DirecPC’s partners to get the service at first. […] continued

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