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Re: ISP phone ratio's and Interoffice trunkage for voice

  On Sun, 14 Jul 1996, Mike Bilow wrote:
  > In practice, however, a measured service POTS business line (1MB) costs more
  > for the basic usage charge than a flat rate POTS residential line (1UR). 
       Quite a bit more in most BA states.
  > ISP pricing is a much more complicated issue.  For one thing, all ISPs of any
  > size are not running two-conductor copper to the local CO for each line, nor
  > are they paying at the rates which would apply if they did.  The largest local
  > ISP here has about 100 incoming lines and a fiber link that drops directly into
  > his machine room. 
       If an ISP has rather predictable traffic, and lots of lines, isn't 
  that cheaper to deliever that lots of two wire copper wires?  There would 
  seem to be huge economies of scale... particularly if fiber is deployed.
  Doesn't the new higher levels of demand drive down unit costs?
  > Although these lines are functionally analog POTS, he is
  > paying Centrex rates.  The fiber terminus has a NYNEX lock and seal on it, and
  > the fiber link is the responsibility, both technically and financially, of
  > NYNEX rather than the ISP.  From a rate and regulatory point of view, the fiber
  > link is simply the mechanism by which NYNEX opted to deliver the lines.
  > -- Mike
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