I can not express how much I hate working with AT&T as our service providure which they are doing a third party to bell atlantic. Here is a brief ascii of the situation.

(faraway location) | router | csu/dsu | link to verizion | Verizon Network | Verizon's LINK to ATT | ATT network | link to local power | csu/dsu | router | (local location)

and all sorts of problems all over.