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Re: Are ISDN calls on hold cheaper than active calls?
2/3/96 11:54pm ct
I would think that there would be zero charge (nothing over and above
the feature cost itself).
At 21:41 2/3/96 -0800, Daniel R. Kegel wrote:
>> Currently I believe the "hold" is managed at the terminating LEC
>> central office. In other words, if you have 8 calls "coming in" and only
>> have 2 B channels to handle them, once answered, they are "held" in the
>> serving CO while one uses one's EKTS set to switch between them. If that's
>> the case, the argument can be made that the "held" calls are in fact
>> "completed" except for the "last mile"; and since they are taking up space,
>> per se, over the network, particularly if we are talking toll here, then
>> they are chargeable. However, if they are "held" at the *originating*
>> central office (I don't' think ISDN and SS7 are yet doing this), then
>> certainly one could make a good argument that only an SS7 charge would be
>Ah, but what if the originating and serving CO are the same, i.e.
>a local call? Then it sounds like a good case could be made for
>making the per-minute cost of an on-hold local call $0.00/minute.
>Can anyone see any problem with this argument?
>> At 15:21 2/3/96 -0500, Daniel R. Kegel wrote:
>> >Does the incremental cost of providing an ISDN call drop when the
>> >call is put 'on hold'? I would expect that calls placed on hold
>> >would consume no trunk capacity. Is this the case?
>> >This is an interesting question because ISDN tariffs are under debate
>> >right now in the US, and the ability to save money by putting calls on
>> >hold may make the usage charge increases requested by the telcos more
>> >bearable. I don't know if any tariff provides for lower (e.g. zero)
>> >per-minute charges for ISDN calls on hold, and the question is, should they?
>> >If this feature were available, I bet it would be added to PPP stacks faster
>> >than you can say "It's So Darned Neandrethalesque" :-)
>> >as it would let people stay logged in to their internet provider
>> >all day without incurring horrendous charges during idle periods.
>> >- Dan
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