Tuesday, October 26, 2010

(Re Visited) BBT

Photo provided by Big Bend Telephone

I got confirmation this morning that I will be getting the DSL and phone. I'm not crazy about the delay in getting it installed (Jan 6th 2011), but I guess I can deal with that. 

Now it appears that IF you meet their requirements then you can get the DSL and phone and if you can't meet the requirements you can't. I'm still not clear on what the requirements for the charging system are, but evidently 600 watts of solar and 500 watts of wind fit in there. The requirements other than that are 800 AMP hours of storage batteries, a 1500 watt inverter, a 15 AMP 120 volt breaker and plug for the equipment inside your cabin, RV or what ever. This is for an alternative energy setup. I assume if you are lucky enough to be on grid (Maybe that's unlucky down here) then you should be able to get it. Note I said "Should be able to"

As you can see evidently they don't supply a WiFi router so if you wanted one then that would either be extra through them or have to be bought from somewhere else. 

Anyway I'll revisit this IF anything else comes up about it and will post pictures and an update when it gets installed.

13 comments:

  1. All this talk went right over my head. I'm still looking for a cell phone with a rotery dial.

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  2. Lou, Things were a lot simpler back then and I didn't need glasses or a pencil eraser to dial with either.

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  3. I remeber those "party" lines. All your neighbors knew all your business. The number had a prefix followed by numbers. Like my grandma's number was LA6-2129, The LA stood for Lakeview. That was strange being that she lived along the river.(grin) You didn't dial it direct but went through an operator.

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  4. Yep DD, I remember back then to. Had some neighbor ladies that listened in to our conversations and I think my mom probably listened in on the others. Of course none of them would ever admit to that though. ;)

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  5. Glad to hear that you're getting the DSL. How far we've come in such a short time!

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  6. That sounds great, other than the wait, but it's better news than no! We'll see you tomorrow.

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  7. Got a long way to go Allen and probably not enough time to get there.

    You'll be careful Dale. Can't wait for you'll to get here.

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  8. Slow and sure the plan comes together!

    Glad to see that things are moving along, even though it's slower than you'd like!

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  9. January 6th will be here before you know it. Congratulations on getting DSL in the desert. Here in Del Rio we don't even have a date to shoot for :-(

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  10. Stay on it, brother. I also think being on the grid would be 'unlucky' out there. Living where I do now, in a supposedly modern city, the grid here is frakkin worse than many of the third world countries I've been to. Just want to get off the whole damn thing.

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  11. MsB, time flies when you're having fun, but I'm not so it will probably seem like for ever. ;)

    Jim, its amazing how the BBT rules are about requiring this and that with an off grid system. Off grid systems hardly ever go down, but the grid is always going down or browning out. There was another short outage yesterday with NO storms, high wind or anything else that would normally cause that. You can bet that it will go down in a storm and probably win the bet.

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  12. Thanks for the update, David! We've had enough power outages here for me to have bought alternative heating and cooking items. Speaking of heat, got the RV furnace ready for winter?

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