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The Bell Atlantic / GTE 'press release'
Here it is. I haven't had time yet to dig into it.
I don't plan on taking it at face value.
>March 18, 1996 8:00 a.m.
>Bell Atlantic, GTE lead ISDN price cuts
>By Erica Schroeder
>LOS ANGELES--Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp. are leading the latest
charge to cut ISDN prices, as users clamor for
>more bandwidth for Internet communications.
>The two telecommunications providers also are simplifying installation of
their ISDN services, officials said last week.
>These moves come as most providers are offering businesses bundled and
preconfigured services and are taking steps to
>"ISDN is a lot more important today. A lot of the applications [we're using
right now] are [Basic Rate Interface] ISDN,"
>said Chuck Askine, telecom manager for United States Fidelity & Guarantee
Co., in Baltimore. "It's getting much easier to
>get installed now--Bell Atlantic is saying they'll get you an ISDN line in
>Bell Atlantic, which leads in the United States in total ISDN installed
lines, will propose pricing to allow users to select a
>plan with a certain number of hours of usage, such as 20, 40, 60, or 200
hours, with a 1- or 2-cent-per-minute charge for
>The plan, which will be submitted to Public Utilities Commissions in each
state in the Bell Atlantic region as early as May,
>would reduce for most users the total amount spent on ISDN, which currently
is about $30 per month with a usage charge
>of 2 cents per minute for peak time or 1 cent off-peak, according to
officials of the Philadelphia-based RBOC (Regional Bell
>GTE will extend the new, lower prices it currently offers in Washington
state to the other 13 states where it offers ISDN
>As soon as next week, GTE will file to offer new pricing in California and
Pennsylvania that will allow users to choose
>from either 25- or 50-hour service plans or a flat-rate plan. It will
extend the offer next quarter to customers in Florida and
>GTE will expand ISDN service to six more states this year and to the
remaining eight states where it currently offers analog
>phone line long-distance services in 1997, said officials of the
Dallas-based telecommunications company.
>BellSouth is offering four packages for residential and business customers
as a way to simplify ordering and installation.
>The program is aimed at lowering BellSouth costs, which will then be
parlayed into lower ISDN rates for users, said a
>But even with the new flat-rate schemes, providers are not showing a united
front for an ISDN pricing model, which in
>some cases means raising tariffs that may drive end-user prices up,
depending on the carrier.
>RBOCs, including Pacific Bell and US West Communications, of Omaha, Neb.,
have refiled ISDN tariff rates that for
>many users may mean higher costs. The providers are defending these moves,
which have been assailed by users, as
>necessary to adjust for the different way in which people use ISDN service
compared with phone service. Many ISDN
>sessions last several hours for Internet access.
>"We have to cover the cost of our service, and if we can't, we have no
incentive to offer the service," said a US West
>spokesman in Denver.
>In addition to pricing changes, other efforts are under way to make getting
and using ISDN easier for customers.
>Microsoft Corp. last week announced its "Get ISDN" Internet program to help
speed requests and installation of ISDN
>service for the RBOCs, Southern New England Telephone, and GTE.
>The Redmond, Wash., company will update its ISDN capabilities for Windows
95 in the second half of the year with
>improved audio protocols and call setup functions, said officials.
>America Online Inc. is also at work on offering ISDN access for its online
services, said sources.
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