Well, we have an internet connection this morning. Just.
Over the past roughly four years, and through three different telephone companies, we've had this same problem: sporadically, with no discernible pattern, the broadband and landline telephone service evaporate. The disruption may happen once for half-an-hour, then not recur for three months. Or it might fluctuate for a week, crackling in and out of existence... stay solid for two weeks... then waver, with distortion and loss, for a week.
We've complained incessantly (mostly because I'm a believer in "The squeaky wheel gets the grease," and I don't want them to become complacent in thinking the problem went away, haha). They've all admitted the problem is not in our house - fair enough. We are responsible for within the house whilst they are responsible for lines up to the customer's property.
They claim to have it pinned down between the nearest large transformer / exchange box (don't ask; I know more about telephone lines and connections than I ever wanted to) and the connector into our house. Apparently none of our neighbors have problems; the line from the nearest pole directly to the house was replaced about six months ago (squeaky wheel gets grease, but not necessarily the right type).
And the problem persists.
I don't realize how much I do online until it fails. The computer is my go-to for news, correspondence, information, virtually every type of communication. My calendar, recipes, address books, even my photos, are all niched onto... onto... cloud-thingies.
Great that they're secure, even if the hard-drive fails. Lousy that I can't pick up a notebook and access the information.
I swear, I'm going back to paper and pencil. Argh.
Thanks for listening to my gripe, and I'll catch up on blogs, posts, what-have-you, as soon as... Meanwhile, have a good'un, Sparklers - carpe diem!