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Re: ISDN digest 65
Bill Frezza wrote:
>I'm please to see that we've found ourselves on the opposite sides of yet
>another issue. If you didn't exist, I would have to invent you <g>.
>COMPETITION IS THE SOLUTION, NOTE MORE REGULATION
>Carping about proposed ISDN rate hikes has become all the rage.
>So, how about charging a higher installation fee for remote users? Nope.
>Differential pricing violates a fundamental regulatory tenant under which
>city dwellers are gouged to subsidize suburban and rural users. Fixing
>the "problem", therefore, requires a rate hike for all.
So, value pricing is good according to regulators and CPT.
>The heart of the CPT argument is that it is evil for phone companies to
>set prices based on "value" (i.e., willingness to pay) rather than "cost."
>CPT's solution? Give an administrative law judge extraordinary powers to
>set ISDN prices!
Oops, my mistake. Value pricing is bad.
>Give them subsidies from the Universal Service fund!
Value pricing is good again.
Or the alternative--
>The whole Rube Goldberg regulatory structure has to go. The more out of
>line a Bell company's pricing policies are, the faster they will attract
>hungry competitors. We've waited 20 years for ISDN. It's far better to
>wait a little longer than have this issue used as sucker bait to keep the
>regulators in business.
Let's dump the universal service fraud, too. Do rural people subsidise rents in
cities because city rents are so much more expensive than rural rents?