FibreOP ~ but not for us

DSC_7324.NEFWe live in a fairly large apartment complex, and the 6th floor is designated to short term living … they’re all furnished apartments in various sizes.

About two years ago, that whole floor was occupied by people, hired by Bell, working with fibre optics. In the evening the parking lot down below was full of those little, white trucks. When they first moved in, I was excited, thinking we’d get FibreOp, but the ‘sad’ part about all this was: They wired the whole city except this building! I asked one of them, in the elevator once, and he told me it was all up to the landlord. They’d have to tear up all the walls and so on. Our landlord hasn’t shown all that much interest in our building, which was built 1967, so that won’t happen.

I haven’t had the pleasure of trying fibre op, so I don’t know what it’s like … only seen the commercials about how ‘lightning fast’ it supposedly is. This is no major grievance … I’m perfectly happy with the Internet we have now. Days of dial-up are still fresh in my memory 🙂

What I did find a bit curious, was something I heard on the news the other day: All the people who were without power, after the ice storm … the ones with fibre op also lost their landline phone! From what I understood, they get some different kind of phone with this service, it has a battery and the charge only lasts for eight hours! I wouldn’t like that!

DSC_7571.NEFYesterday, I went ‘uptown’, as they say here, instead of downtown. Brought the camera, in case I’d see any pictures that needed to be taken. Unfortunately it was during the lunch hour and very crowded everywhere … no peace and quiet for photography. I did take this, though … All those red, brick buildings, were one part of why I fell so much in love with Saint John first time we visited!

Also went to City Market and bought some locally produced honey 🙂

37 Replies to “FibreOP ~ but not for us”

  1. Hm, sounds like another case of mixed blessings on the technology front, hey?
    Hooray for Local Honey!:D

  2. Your buildings are fabulous – LOVE all the fancy brickwork and how they “step up” the hill! Noisy and hectic as it might be, having a bustling city centre is WONDERFUL news for local business! (‘Way better than hearing the death knell sound for down(up; )towns with historically important architecture; their life being slowly drained by big box malls and replaced with an influx of dollar stores, “cheque cashing” and pawn shops):
    BUSY is GOO:D

    1. I totally agree with you, but unfortunately it’s only true for Saint John during weekdays and lunch. Drive through uptown on a Saturday … dead! They’re all out in the malls/shopping district..

      1. Our local Farmer’s Markets are seasonal and close for the winter): and we’d have to travel into Toronto to the St. Lawrence Market this time of year (which would be amazing, but not very economical):

        1. City Market here in Saint John is very historical and pretty much a tourist trap. I’ll write about it some time.. Would be cool to go to Toronto some time. I’ve never been in any big city like that..

  3. Great photo of the building in the distance. Odd the phones went out for the Fibre folks. It would be faster internet but I am glad you have what you want already. Our link with Cox here in Vegas is over 100mb but we pay for that as we all need that kind of speed. We three are ‘power users’… 🙂

  4. I love the lamppost in the foreground and the red bldgs behind. As for the fibre optic, the phone situation sounds like a terrible trade off!!

    1. I kind of liked that picture … of the ones I shot, this came out the best.
      I’m not ready to give up the landline just yet, so I don’t know if I’d opt in for fibre op…

      1. I would hate to give up my landline. It’s nice to have a connection where I can hear every word the person says. Does fibreOP help with the cell phone connection? I don’t really understand all that stuff.

        1. According to Wikipedia… “Optical cables transfer data at the speed of light in glass (slower than vacuum). This is typically around 180,000 to 200,000 km/s, resulting in 5.0 to 5.5 microseconds of latency per km. Thus the round-trip delay time for 1000 km is around 11 ms.[15]”

        2. Oops, as opposed to cellular communication, which uses tower to tower radio signals.
          ‘Bekah, I think the problem with the phones was most likely due to the battery-powered “cordless” handset phones themselves as they need electricity to broadcast the phone signal by radio waves from the base station to the handset and cannot function unless plugged in. The old style of phone, on the other hand, plugs directly into a phone line and will still function even during a power failure – so don’t throw away your old plug-in, you may just need it…

  5. We dont have fiber op here where I live and I dont think it will come. Changing governments claims that Denmark will be in first row when it comes to IT, and still they wont pay for fiber op.
    I dont care – It works well like it is now. Lovely pictures.

  6. I think we can get fiberOp in this building actually if we want to… But I haven’t got it. I am happy with what I got and oh yes!!! Do I remember dial-up!

    Love that photo!! Great buildings and love that lamplight and the sign “Create” too!! 😉

  7. Oh my gosh, I can hear that sound too. Must have heard it a million times.

    Love the street view you shot.

    We have a land line too. I do like having it but I only have long distance on my cell phone. I keep shutting things off to keep my bills down. That is the only way we can get internet here is land line unless we want to do it through satellite and that is kind of unreliable. I don’t know anyone that uses satellite.

  8. The locally produced homey sounds really good. I have some generic honey that I bought at the supermarket–it’s not nearly as good as some of the flower-specific honeys that are available at farmers’ market.s

      1. This is great news ladies! Buying locally produced food is good for us AND the farm families who harvest it for market. Locally sourced, raw honey is helpful in preventing seasonal allergies as it contains, amongst a host of other great things, small amounts of pollen which gently help your immune system get ready for allergy season (and stay that way: )
        As long as it’s kept dry, honey will keep forever… (Did you know that archaeologists found honey in King Tut’s tomb that was still edible?) Pasteurisation is not necessary; on the contrary, too much heat will only serve to destroy the naturally occurring amino acids and vitamins. It is also germicidal and an amazing healer when applied to a wound dressing or bandaid:D
        One thing though Sheryl, be careful when purchasing “specialty” honeys… Bees are by nature “nectar omnivores” and will visit any worthwhile nectar/pollen source within 2-5km of the hive. When honey is labelled specifically; for example “Buckwheat”, “Clover” or “Orange Blossom”; it usually means that the hives were being mono-cropped for the pollination of a multi-acre orchard or farm field. While there may be a few frames with obviously specific honey in a hive, this is not normally the case.

  9. No fibre optic here either altho some lines were laid a few years ago and then Bell pulled the project….
    I remember Dial-Up (please shoot me!) & am glad of High Speed Internet I have now….
    it is sad you are exempt tho…but wrecking & rebuilding wallls can be expensive… least you have High Speed too….
    Love ya Rebby from Sherri-Ellen & Nylablue xx

    1. Yeah, I’m fine as it is! The dial-up was hellish … my phone was always busy, and I paid per minute I was online. I was their best customer LOL …they kept sending me gifts every year! 🙂 Then I got something called DSL (I think it was ..or possibly ADSL). That was heaven. My phone was now liberated, and it was much faster!

      There are so many of those letter-combinations …my camera is a DSLR

  10. 😉 you have DSL service for PC…LOL…I hear you about all the short forms & abbreviations…this will keep us from going senile, hahaha!!
    Dial up was awful I agree…no phone calls could come thru & that was irritating!
    You paid per minute?? Yikes that is awful. I remember when my Sister paid like that….they still have dial-up where they are but do not pay per minute.
    Thank Goodness for DSL!!

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