They set up an appointment for a technician to come by at around 16:00 today, so I decided to work from home so that I could be around when he got here. I expected it to be a pretty simple matter of him testing the line and then replacing our modem.
Three hours later he had replaced every junction box he could get at, replaced our feeder line, and rewired our junction box at the pole. I was supposed to be working at the time, and after losing about half an hour before I realized we would not have phone or Internet for some time, I remembered that our new data plan has unlimited throughput and allowed tethering. It took a bit of tweaking of my network settings to get it working, but it did not take long to get me back in business.
While our speeds are noticeable faster, the two biggest differences we have noticed so far is that atara's comics feed does not kill our connection now, and I can upload images without slowing everything to an unusable crawl. I am left wondering why we did not do this when we toyed with the idea a couple of years ago.
Last Saturday was the last farmers' market of the season, which I usually take as the sure sign that Winter is just around the corner. It was chilly at the market, but not sub-zero like it has been in some years. The start and end of the market fall within the fringe of the snow belt around here.