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July, 1998: ADSL

At our July meeting, several presenters gave us a variety of perspectives on ADSL-- Asymmetric Digital Subscriber Loop-- the new technology being offered by U S WEST that promises to provide Internet access ranging from 256 Kbps to 768 Kbps all over an existing phone line that can still be used for normal telephony purposes.

  • Susan Davey (srdavey at, DSL Marketing Product Manager with U S WEST !nterprise discussed the technology, service offerings, and the history and challenges of delivering ADSL service. She was be joined by Susan Chandler, an ATM engineer who will be providing us with more of the networking architecture behind ADSL service.
  • Spike Ilacqua (spike at, Chief Technical Officer and co-founder of Indra's Net, a Boulder-based ISP, discussed their service offerings, experiences deploying the service in Boulder, and contrasted their ISDN service with ADSL-- Spike's opinion is that ISDN will still be around for a long time.
  • Barb Dijker (barb at of Boulder-based Netrack, discussed their service offerings, and some of the interesting ways in which Netrack provides ADSL service to both end-users, businesses, and even other ISPs.
  • John DeWolf (john.dewolfe at presented his experiences ordering and using U S WEST's ISP service, including the story of his ADSL installation, his upgrading to 512 Kbps service, and his use of static IP addressing. The complete story of John's experience with US WEST is documented in e-mail, which he has graciously given us to post. When you read the e-mail, be sure to read the whole history before you make conclusions, because even John's conclusions change through the history.
  • Brad Owens (owenbl at discussed his experiences using ADSL ISP service through Louisville-based SEQNET.

Thanks again, everyone, for making this such a successful and interesting meeting!

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