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Back in the dark ages the only way for most people to access the internet was with a slow dialup connection (or by visiting a college or other institution that actually had a faster T1 line).

Then along came DSL, one of the first technologies to offer broadband speeds. But in recent years cable, fiber optic, and even cellular connections have come to offer much faster speeds.

But there may be some life in DSL yet. New technology called G.fast could enable data transfers as fast as 1 Gbps over old fashioned twister copper phone lines.


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4 replies on “Lilbits (10-21-2014): Next-gen DSL tech could bring new life to phone lines”

  1. But, G.fats is limited to short distances (few hundred meters)…

  2. The problem is that telephone lines in most areas are aging. Most telcoms are already running fibre to most homes.

  3. I would be using land lines but the landlord and/or Verizon had them all disconnected. The jacks and wires are all still intact though so I bet they could be reconnected. The move presumabaly was to force people into more expensive FiOS service. I decided to go with a cable modem instead. 🙂

    Unfortunately, my only phone is my cell phone, so fax over landline is impossible here.

    1. It appears that, buried in the Terms of Service for
      ordering FiOS, Verizon has the right to disconnect
      the copper wires that carry landline phones and DSL,
      ostensibly to save in maintenance costs for said
      copper wires. This is a great disservice as the
      landlines have proven to provide reliable landline
      phone service, useful in an emergency when cellular
      service could be impaired or when an electrical power
      outage occurs.

      Also, for most of the world, copper wire is much more
      prevalent than any of the other alternative high speed
      Internet delivery technologies, including cellular. In fact,
      the US probably has more LTE coverage and users than
      any other country, with LTE-A (what the standards bodies
      considered to be the real 4G, until the carriers lobbied
      to get their LTE, higher speed HSPA to be labeled 4G)
      in Verizon XLTE, Sprint Spark rollouts beginning. Most
      of the world is still on 3G (HSPA), if not 2G (EDGE/GPRS).

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