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News from GTE here in Texas on ISDN
F Y I from here in Dallas...
>From email@example.com Tue Feb 27 16:37:54 CST 1996
Article: 2741 of dfw.internet.providers
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Subject: GTE's new ISDN tariff
Date: 27 Feb 1996 20:40:19 GMT
Organization: Zeitgeist Bulletin Board bbs.zgnews.com +1 214 403 9406
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Late last week I received a mailing from GTE "discussing" GTE's
revised ISDN tariff. This article summarizes my understang of the
rather crude document.
1. GTE will allow ISDN customers with service under the current tariff
to remain ("be grandfathered") under that tariff.
2. The old tariff always established the lines as part of a
"Centranet" offering, but the new tariff offers a single line rate.
3. The new tariff eliminates the monthly per mile charge, wrapping
several monthly components of the bill into a single "Access" charge of
between $40.50 (single line) and $85.87 (Centranet Extended Metro
service) per month.
4. The new tariff distinguishes between residential and business
lines, where the old tariff did not.
5. The new tariff continues GTE's $0.03/minute charge for Circuit
Switched Data calls except for a single $40/month option available only
to residential customers. Single line business customers can purchase
50 and 100 hour blocks of time at a discount, but (apparently) pay the
$0.03/minute for minutes in excess of the prepaid block. The discounts
are not available to Centranet customers.
6. GTE no longer offers lines with only Circuit Switched Data. All
CSD offerings also include voice capabilities.
As nearly as I can tell (which is pretty poor), charges for my current
lines (2 lines at $42/month and 1 line at $38/month) will rise to about
ISP's will need to continue offering call backs to GTE customers,
since GTE retained the per minute charge for data calls! I know some
ISP's intended to drop this offering once GTE filed the new tariff.
Bob Peterson BBS Dialup: 214 403 9406 to 28800 V.34
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