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Re: unreliable DSL in Washinton DC - Do I call FCC or Better Business Bureau for satisfaction?
Enthusiast - Level 3

So, it has been one month, 30 disconnections, 9 "solved" trouble tickets and the problem persists.  

I've spoken to a significant number of very polite Indians who all have to say "don't worry - we will solve your problem."  {please keep your posts courteous}

Who does one call:  Better Business Bureau to complain about fraud?  The FCC to complain about false advertising and monopolistic behavior?

Welcome any ideas.

Re: unreliable DSL in Washinton DC
Enthusiast - Level 3

Try demanding a tech come out to your house, bad numbers almost can never be fixed without someone coming out and fixing the problem.

Re: unreliable DSL in Washinton DC - finally fixed
Enthusiast - Level 3

Thanks to all contributors for the help.  You were right that the answer lay in a new pair.  Sometime about a week ago I call Verizon for the umpteenth time, spoke to numerous supervisors, rejected their argument that my problem was the modem, and got them to promise that a tech appointment would be scheduled (although they did have to see the link crash one more time).  Last Thursday I got a modem in the mail, which worried me somewhat, but I had reconfigured the wireless part of my network both to improve throughput and to take those duties off the Westell unit, so replacing the modem was relatively trivial and accomplished in 30 mins.  Then on Sunday I got a call saying that the tech would be at my house no later than 1700 on Monday.

He did contact me a little after 1700 and came a little later.  Once I explained the problem he agree that the problem was not in my house and began investigating the wiring from my house to the street.  After some mucking about he confirmed that the measurements on my pair were very erratic and that he would switch them.  He promised that the work at the co would be done no later than 1000 the following morning.  A quick, efficient and courteous visit although it took months to get it.

He left, the line went down and was not up when I went to work the following morning.  That evening, when I got home, it still wasn't up and I called the tech who promised to fix it directly.  In the end, the DSL link and my phone were dead for 72 hours and I got to talk to a lot more Verizon employees.

This evening I came home, spotted a ladder truck and found that I had actually managed to get Verizon to fix the problem without waiting for me.  The problem seems to have been that my pair is not on the pole it is listed at and that my pair spans two poles.  I suspect that the tech and the co switched two different pairs.

I now have good values on the transceiver stats and I hope that it won't crash tomorrow morning.  The people I have spoken with at Verizon have been uniformly nice but as far as I can tell the corporate values of Verizon are to avoid doing anything that costs money as long as possible.  My very first trouble call identified the problem as being between the co and my home and it still took over a month of very energetic calls to get it fixed.

Telco deregulation seems to have done more for the telcos than for the consumers.