How DSL Works

Mark Berry June 2, 2011

I’ve been working with my ISP and local telco trying to resolve DSL speed issues. In so doing, I’m researching terms like DSLAM, ATM, Redback, etc.  Best explanation so far:

The theory is simple. Acronyms flow down the phone line from the phone company toward your computah. Monthly contributions of currency flows in the other direction. When you fail to respond to the ISP’s request for money, the acronyms stop flowing. The more currency you upload, the faster the acronyms arrive.

Thanks go to Jeff Liebermann, who apparently posted this to the alt.internet.wireless newsgroup back in 2004. The thread is re-posted here and here.


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