The folks at Verizon apparently haven’t figured out how to create a redundant network. They have a piece of equipment identified as 0.so-7-0-0.XL1.MTL1.ALTER.NET which keeps crashing every 5 seconds, which effectively ruins any attempt at making a persistent connection between here and anything on the other side of that broken hardware item (such as, most of canada, and probably other parts of north america). Apparently they also don’t know of SNMP since it’s been doing it for hours and they still haven’t fixed it.
This just cost me a wad of money (hence the primary reason for me to rant about their blatant incompetence here). That said, if you live in north america and are unable to connect here – now you know why. Go call that 800-FCK-VRZN number!