Bird on a wire?

December 9th, 2009 | Uncategorized

There was once a song by Led Zeppelin called ‘communication breakdown’, and that’s precisely the problem that we have suffered in our bodega over the last week or so…..

Excluding my frustrations with post and courier services (which are, after all, forms of communication), we also lost our telephones for nearly 48 hours following a big storm last week. The cover of a junction box in our office was scorched and blown clean across the room, presumably at the height of the storm. Fortunately all this took place during the night, and resulted in our ‘mini’ telephone exchange being rendered useless.

As you may have read in my previous post, we only have one working day in the office this week, and so you can imagine my reaction when I arrived to find no ADSL connection in the bodega this morning. Naturally I assumed that it was an internal problem, until finally calling Telefonica only to discover that it was actually a problem with our local network – perhaps a pigeon sitting on a wire somewhere blocking the signal?

No, we don’t have fibre optics, and yes, we do have some of the most expensive and slowest internet connections in Europe!

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