I just had a second phone line installed in my home, and the
Network Interface Box was installed on the outside of the house. This
strikes me as a problem, since it leaves the box open to weather,
vandalism, and theft of service. Also, my phone number is written
inside the box (which does have a hole for a padlock, but which is
made of flimsy plastic).
When I discussed this with the foreman, he told me that this
was standard procedure and mandated by the Mass. Department of Public
Utilities. The justification is that they need access to the box for
test purposes. I don't seem to have any option to have it installed
inside the house.
Is this proper? Is this practice universal? Have I worked in
computer security too much, and am I just too paranoid??