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Gary Thornock's Weblog » iProvo is coming…
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18th May, 2005

iProvo is coming…


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Residents of Provo will doubtless know about the iProvo project, a municipal fiber-to-the-home setup offering high speed internet, cable TV and phone service. I live in the area covered by Phase 2, which means it's available in my neighborhood now, and I've had installers at the house yesterday and today to get things set up. I won't be signing up for cable TV: I haven't watched TV for over 11 years now (more on that another time, I suspect), and I don't intend to start now. But I certainly do want the internet service, which is both faster and less expensive than what I've been getting from Comcast, and their phone service pricing is unbeatable. They're also reputed to have decent customer service, which is, to say the least, highly unusual in a phone service.

That's not to say that everything is going smoothly, however. In the first place, I would rather like to keep my established phone number, and (according to iProvo) Comcast isn't very quick about responding to porting requests. It may be 4-6 weeks before my phone switches over.

In the second place, and possibly more bothersome, there seems to be a problem with the DHCP servers at HomeNet (the ISP that iProvo is using) such that only Microsoft Windows and a few other unusual systems can get dynamic IP addresses. Linux and FreeBSD users are out of luck, and the only Mac user I've read about had trouble, too. Of course, there is a solution: for a few extra dollars, they're happy to assign a static IP, which I'd prefer to have anyway. But that takes another 48 hours to set up. They're working on that now. In the meantime, I'm glad I haven't shut off my Comcast internet yet — though I certainly look forward to doing so.

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