Friday, September 14, 2007

Until the next downpour

That's how long it will take to know whether the assiduous attentions of the AT&T technician have restored rainy-day dial tones. During the most recent rains, one of us was trying to work at home and we were without a dial tone for over four hours. Examined were the telephone line at the house (rather admired for its great antiquity, I think), the telephone equipment on two nearby poles, and at least one, and perhaps two, of whatever those metal cabinets are called that sit by the side of the street and contain person-high banks of telephone-related mysteries. We don't care about not being able to receive incoming calls but for some reason the inability to dial out is a great irritation.


At 12:28 PM, September 21, 2007, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greetings from Houston. That box is a SAI (serving area interface). My most recent dealings (almost daily for the past 15 days) with AT&T U-verse technicians has me calling them "sac(k) box". See

At 2:35 PM, September 21, 2007, Blogger Rantor said...

How neat! We're still waiting for that downpour, although things seemed to go well during a brief sunshower. I think I understood that we were changed to a newer twisted pair (lots of old infrastructure here). I love it the way the phone people still use the old exchange names from back when numbers started with two letters and weren't entirely numbers.


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