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Re[2]: FW: Cable Modems and Choosing an ISP

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  Subject: Re: FW: Cable Modems and Choosing an ISP
  Author:  >James Love, love@tap.org
  Consumer Project on Technology; http://www.essential.org/cpt/cpt.html
  Taxpayer Assets Project; http://www.essential.org/tap/tap.html
  Date:    2/14/96  1:44 PM
  >On Wed, 14 Feb 1996, Matthew L. Mandalek wrote:
  >> I attended the '95 Western Cable Expo in the Los Angeles area a few =
  >> months ago.  Most of the cable companies and modem makers there had no =
  >> idea what to do as an ISP.  They seem to be happier with simply =
  >> supplying the transport and connecting to an existing 1st tier ISP.
  >    Fine.  What happens when they start wanting to share the revenue 
  >with the ISPs who get access to the highspeed network?
  I would guess that the ISP's would hold the line at the telco model in which 
  the telcos never got a piece of the action, either in ISP connect time charges 
  or % of goods and services. If (when) the cable cos get into the telephony biz, 
  will a court case declare them common carriers, with all the equal access 
  baggage that entails?
  As a consumer, I would like to have a choice of ISP's and on-line services to 
  be accessed on my cable modem.
  Rick Smallcomb
  Hughes Communications, Inc.
  email: rcsmallcomb@ccgate.hac.com