What You Memberships Pay For
Modems and Phone Lines
Modems and phone lines are the arteries of the community net. Every modem
at the Chebucto site requires its own phone line with a combined cost per
line of $60 per month. A shortage of phone lines severely limits growth
and makes it difficult for you and also for our volunteers and information
providers to do their work. A shortage of phone lines results in frequent
busy signals making it very difficult for all users.
A modestly paid office worker talks new users through the trials of
setting up their computer for use with a modem. You may remember him.
He's also the one who resets passwords, updates and activates accounts,
processes information provider applications and redirects mail to the
appropriate people. Without him, it would take days longer to process
your accounts and those facing the steepest learning curve would have very
little help surmounting it.
Chebucto relies on:
Our computer equipment requires maintenance, reconfiguration and upgrades.
- a Sun Sparc 20. This is the brain that runs mail and all the other
programs you use on Chebucto.
- multiple large hard drives. These keep your files and mail messages
- terminal servers. These collect traffic passing into Chebucto over the
modems and pass it to the Sparc.
- routers. These are the traffic cops that direct and filter the
"traffic" streaming among the Sparc, the public access terminals
and the rest of the internet
- digital links. We are connected to our internet service provider with
digital phone line, costing over $1,000 per month.