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Re: ISDN as Basic Service
At 01:28 PM 6/21/96 -0400, Alaska Public Utilities Commission wrote:
>Can anyone refer me to a comprehensive discussion of the pros and cons of
>treating ISDN as a basic service (as opposed to a discretionary or emerging
The discussion is quite useful in the Massachusetts DPU decision in
case D.P.U. 91-63-B, ruling dated Feb. 7, 1992, in which the New England
Telephone ISDN tariff was approved with substantial modifications.
The decision is 129 pages long. Perhaps the DPU could tell you how to
get a copy. I just thumbed through it and saw the salient points raised.
1) It's not competitively available.
2) The absence of competitive alternatives indicates the need for traditional
3) It's not the same as other "discretionary" services because there is no
4) Even a service which begins "auxiliary" could become "basic" over time
as it becomes common.
5) ISDN has a "potentially far reaching and significant role" in the
6) The value of ISDN to the ISDN subscriber increases with the number of
ISDN subscribers; this differs from most "auxiliary" services which
are merely a convenience to the individual subscriber.
The final result was to set ISDN business and residence local exchange
rates based on the best available cost data, as a supplement above analog
line rates. However, ISDN Centrex is classified as competitive (because
it's part of Centrex, which is a competitive class) and therefore the higher
proposed rates were applied to Centrex ISDN.
Fred R. Goldstein email@example.com
BBN Corp. Cambridge MA USA +1 617 873 3850