3-4 years ago, I had the company install my ISDN lines, and the service has been solid and fairly inexpensive compared to what some others are paying now.
Rumors and hard evidence keeps mounting, though, that some of the major TelCos are eschewing new ISDN installs in certain markets, and have jacked up the price for existing service.
But just today, I rec’d an email from Century Link about their new BRI service. Basic Rate Interface. Here’s the company line on what BRI is: “Leveraging your existing copper voice lines for data connectivity lets you create a seamless, flexible, and highly cost-efficient communications system. CenturyLink™ Basic Rate Interface (BRI): Single Line Service uses an ISDN digital network architecture to enable reliable data communications without the expense of dedicated lines, modems and cabling—while accelerating both voice and data far beyond the speed of standard telephone lines.”
Got that? Great, now explain it to me?
Some of the benefits of BRI (again, from their announcement):
- Replace multiple voice, fax, and modem lines with two versatile ISDN channels to support data, voice, video and audio applications-with a separate phone number for each device
- Achieve near-broadcast quality video and CD-quality audio
Somehow I think this falls short of a true replacement for the standard 2 copper lines that you need for ISDN, but BRI certainly muddies the field a little, no? Or are the TelCos just trying to find another way to justify keeping the cost of the ISDN infrastructure?
See the complete Century Link BRI announcement: Get Fast, Cost-Effective ISDN Data Connectivity and Voice Service over Existing Telephone Lines.