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Re: FW: Cable Modems and Choosing an ISP
Dory Ethan Leifer wrote:
> ...... Small ISPs and RBOCs
> might find themselves positioned against a common competitor.
I'm a new subscriber to this list, but I'd like to share a bit of info
(with the risk that it's repetitive).
I have been talking with Bell Atlantic for lo these many months
regarding ISDN, originally for my personal, residential use. Of course,
trying to get ISDN info from BA is a great challenge, especially since
the Residential Tariff is very recent. No onw at BA is able to define
the true usage costs: is the .02/min a *surcharge*?, is it only in
*local calling area*?, only *intra-LATA*?, how about inter-LATA?, how
about IEC-carried connections??? Ad nauseum.
But the point of this posting has to do with a comment I heard from one
BA employee that BA is planning to BECOME and ISP. Of course this seems
to be somewhat antagonistic to BA's current efforts to facilitate ISPs.
But so what... At the rate that the RBOCs move on new technology, and
the pricing philosophy that they employ (overvalued--uncompetitive),
perhaps their effort to get a piece of the ISP pie will fall as flat as
their non-existent ISDN marketing effort.
Regarding the 'value' pricing structure on ISDN, perhaps the telcos
should expand that philosophy to value-price *all* calls: calls to
411 Information: .001/min
Friends and Family: .05/min