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Re: ISDN vs POTS in Boston? Re: Arguments against BA...
On Wed, 24 Jul 1996, Fred R. Goldstein wrote:
> 1SR Suburban - gets free calls to all Metro Boston exchanges EXCEPT Boston
> Central. Around $27.
> 1ER Metropolitan - gets free calls to all Metro Boston. Note that "outer
> metro" is toll FROM Boston/Brigton but they can call inbound or each other
> for free if they get Metro. Around $30 and very popular.
This is what everyone should get. DOn't depend on Nynex to tell you what
you need to get to a certain point for a flat rate, they are either
incompetent or dishonest. They stuck us on unlimited local, after I told
them that I wanted to be able to call bedford (for TIAC ISP access) and
incur no additional charges, and asked them to specifiy what service I'd
need. We've been getting $2500 per month phone bills, and, after months
and hours on the phone to various people at nynex, it isn't fixed. Don't
worry, it is being contested.
> ISDN is now priced as a supplement to this. For $8/month, ANY of the above
> rate classes can be made digital (BRI). You then get that flat rate calling
> area. However, flat rate ONLY applies to voice (speech/audio) bearers.
> Data bearers are $5/month per channel ($10 to allow 2B data) are always at
> the Measured rate (1.6-5.5 c/minute, no extended or metro calling areas).
> So we resi ISDN users stick to "data over voice" calling at 56 kbps. Any
> competent ISDN gear and ISP will support it. NYNEX cries in their beer but
> then they asked for it.
They don't like it at all. I think that they hate people using ISDN to
connect to their ISPs. Nynex wants to do the switching; they hate the
internet doing it.
> The downside is that NYNEX flat-rate DOV only applies to ONE B channel.
> They don't allow two voice calls at once on a flat-rate basis. The
> exception is on a DMS-100 since the DMS can't restrict; thus I pay Metro
> POTS rate plus $13 for "1 voice, 1 data" and can make 2 voice, 2 data (and
> pay? hah!), or 1+1 on my DMS line. (I'm not sure what Brighton is; I can
> tell you tomorrow when I'm back in the office but I'm replying by E-mail
> over my ISDN line in flat-rate DOV mode!)
OK, I am in Cambridge. I think it's a 5ESS. If someone could post which
towns have which switches, it would certainly effect my
choice of towns were I to start a business that uses the Internet!
> The downside is that NYNEX is simply incompetent, can't meet delivery dates,
> can't keep lines going, and can't walk and chew gum without suffocating.
> Even worse here than in NY. But that's a different story.
Yes, they are nasty. I am reminded of stories of getting telephones in
the soviet union.
On a political note, I would like to see a total moratorium on large
corporations merging, starting with the prohibition of the BA-9X scam.