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[Fwd: BOUNCE independence-l@independence.seul.org: Non-member submission from [William Merriam <merriam@apisdn.com>]]

		Jean Francois Martinez

The Independence project: because Linux should be for everyone

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Subject: Re: SpeedTouch (and other USB based ADSL modems) support
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jfm2@club-internet.fr wrote:

> I would like to know how many people use ADSL on USB modems

In the UK, nearly all home DSL users must be using the Speedtouch,
according to information at www.adslguide.org.uk. I would probably be
using it if it were easy to use with Linux. Not only is installation
cheaper, but it's the only option for inexpensive DSL connections in
the UK.

The cheapest USB connection:      34.03/month + tax
The cheapest ethernet connection: 90.00/month + tax


    Why is USB and Ethernet so differently priced?

    The USB version runs at a 50:1 contention as opposed to 20:1
    contention for the Ethernet services, therefore cheaper to provide
    bandwidth from exchange to the ISP. Also the Ethernet is being
    marketed as a premium business product, BT traditionally charges
    for business products. Also the cost of the hardware enters the
    equation, the USB hardware is around 1/3rd the cost of the Ethernet

So the only reasonable home connection packages work (officially) with
Windows and Mac only. This, I assume, is dictated by British Telecom.