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Re: BA's new flat rate
At 05:50 PM 4/17/96 -0400, Fred R. Goldstein wrote:
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>Pennsylvania and New Jersey have tiny little calling radii. Most of
>NJ goes maybe six miles before you hit toll. Teaneck to Passaic, for
>instance, is a toll route though it's only around five airline miles.
>From where I am in NJ, _every_ useful call is a toll call. I tried
using AT&T for intra-lata isdn and found that they are marginally
cheaper than BA at 21 cents for the 1'st 0.5 minute (yes, this is
42 cents/minute) with no surcharge (BA charges 28 cents for the
first 1.0 minute) and 24 cents per minute for longer connect times.
Fortunately one can get a lot of mail in 25 seconds over ISDN! I
imagine that most NJers don't care about flat rate because all their
calls are toll calls anyway. This definitely keeps me off the web...
These rates make telecommuting and Internet access prohibitively
expensive (I'm only 21 miles from Newark, so the rural subsidy
argument shouldn't apply). I know this isn't just an ISDN problem,
but it makes telecommuting practical only if you live so close to
your office it makes telecommuting uneccessary.
AT&T has no discount calling plan such as they offer for analog voice
and this is another discentive to using ISDN. I have seen no discussion
here about long distance ISDN, but shouldn't the same arguments be made
that have been made about LEC rates? Obviously there isn't much in
the way of competition (MCI or Sprint, are you listening?).
Now $23.50/mo for basic rate service sounds very attractive - I could
replace 2 pots lines and be ahead (remember, all my calls are toll
calls - does anyone know of a TA I could plug into my NT1 so I could
use my analog phones?). This is the first time I've seen the toll
problem mentioned in this forum; now here's something for the fair
access warriers to run with...