i have in the past been a covad/earthlink/ATT DSL customer, and to my knowledge the DSL line was connected to the CO which is ~9000 feet away. this resulted in ~2mbit speeds.
since the resold ATT service seems to be available in this neighborhood, i'm wondering what the installation entails. i have 4 twisted pairs coming into my house which i believe first appear to the world in a switch box down on the main road. if i sign up for FTTN my understanding is that 2 of these pairs will be disconnected and somehow connected to a VRAD. is that correct?
what is the customer premises equipment and where does it have to be installed? is it the same as a DSL modem? meaning, if i can hook up 2 of those pairs at the telephone box on the side of my house to 2 pairs that appear in my office, can i install the CPE equipment there? or does it have to be installed at the side of the house?
how accurate is sonic's availability tool? the claim is that 50mbit service can be supplied, but i'm a little skeptical.