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Digital Communications Action Group
There is an interest in forming a focused advocacy group, perhaps named
the Digital Communications Action Group (DCAG), which would participate
in state PUC proceedings and FCC proceedings, focusing on three issues:
1. Pricing of BRI ISDN service. (Seeking lower rates in markets where
the LEC does not face competition).
2. Rules for interconnection and unbundling, focusing on rules that
will make it easier for new entrants to lease the local loop to
provide new digital services, such as ISDN, ASDL, HDSL, etc...
3. Reform of long distance network access fee structure, with a special
effort to prevent the incumbent local exchange carriers (LECs) from
imposing per minute fees or other usage charges on Internet Service
The membership of the DCAG would include technology firms (ISPs, software
and computer hardware manufactures), content providers (newspapers,
database companies), non-profits (consumer, library and education groups)
Right now I need to know the names of firms or groups that would be
interested in participating. I'm not too concerned about funding, at this
point, but mostly about who may be willing to allow their company or
organization to be publicly identified with advocacy on these issues.
On this score, its worth noting that several large fortune 500 firms have
been lobbied against active participation on these issues by LECs
(certainly by PacBell, Bell Atlantic and US West, for example).
I would like to hear from persons who might be interested in this effort.
Please contact me directly... james love
202/387-8030; fax 202/234-5176
James Love / firstname.lastname@example.org / P.O. Box 19367, Washington, DC 20036
Voice: 202/387-8030; Fax 202/234-5176
Center for Study of Responsive Law
Consumer Project on Technology; http://www.essential.org/cpt
Taxpayer Assets Project; http://www.tap.org