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Re: IP: Pac Bell says Net use may collapse phone system

  On Mon, 28 Oct 1996, Dave Reid wrote:
  > An ISP may only be connecting 10% of it's customers at a time but it
  > it is using 100% of it's line's capacity, as opposed to average residential
  > that use maybe 10% of it's capacity.
      DAVE!!!   There are TWO issues in play.  (1)... how to price
      services to residential consumers.   (2) how to price services
      to business users.    
      You should not justify huge price increases for residential consumers 
      on the basis that the ISP's have high usage levels...   That is an 
      issue that should be taken into account in setting rates for the
      Business customers (not just ISPs, by the way).  
  > You could have a really bad ISP that 
  > under provisions his lines such that only 5% of his customer's can get online
  > at any one time. That still means that any one of his lines is used at
  > neary 100% capacity. It makes no difference how many customers of ISP may try to
  > get to his pool, the real indicator is the average usage of the ISP's lines.
  > This average usage indicates the impact they have on the network. 
  > Think about the problem for the standpoint of any single line and it requires
  > in terms of resources from the switch.
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