In recent days, there sure are more maintenances scheduled for the DSL infrastructure in my town. So here’s another one: Next Wednesday (it seems it’s always Wednesdays), 2015-11-25 my server and all of its services including this weblog may go offline in between 00:00 a.m. UTC+1 and 06:00 a.m. UTC+1 for any arbitrary time. As usual, my ISP says “we’re going to work as fast as possible”, but you never know, right? So there you have it. Last time it lasted about an hour if I remember correctly, and the time before it was about as long as well. So I guess the downtime’s going to be in the same ballpark roughly. Let’s keep our fingers crossed and hope they don’t mess up my being hooked up to the correct DSLAM again…
Recently a guy from my internet service provider UPC wrote me an eMail, introducing himself as my new personal contact person there. Personal support is one of the fewer good things you actually get when using a business-level internet line. Well, since my contract has already run out and I am no longer legally bound to stay in the contract, it’s about time to re-evaluate the situation. So I decided to write the guy a nice eMail, basically asking for a free upgrade to double the bandwidth. While that might sound a bit too cocky, this has already been done twice, so I really hope it can be done again.
It’s about time anyway. The current 4/4 Mbit are somewhat ok, but since most consumer lines are so much faster I’m starting to feel the pain again. Problem is, if you’re in a more rural area (where rural means “not within a state capital”), upstream bandwidth is extremely expensive, especially when you’re limited to ADSL/SHDSL and have no other options like fibre or cable available.
Well, I should receive more information about my options today in the morning, probably including an offer for 8/8 Mbits. We’ll see if that works out or not. The unfortunate thing is, since 3.5G and LTE are pushing conventional land lines off the map in “rural areas” and most companies are moving their hosting services to housing centers in bigger cities, it’s beginning to look more and more grim for synchronous high-bandwidth low-latency land lines outside of the big cities. Well, we’ll see..