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

  On Mon, 28 Oct 1996, Dave Reid wrote:
  > 1 residential line consumes 3 CCS on average, while 1 ISP line
  > consumes 36 CCS on average. 
  Am I mistaken? I thought that 36CCS was full-time usage. If any ISP has
  all of their lines in use all the time, they are a truely poor one and
  won't be in business very long.
  Here, we get concerned if usage goes over 90% of the most busy times. But
  we are a very small ISP. Maybe the big boys play different.
   Therefore the fixed resource consumption
  > is over 10 times as much for an ISP line. The calling rate per line
  > is not the big issue, it's the holding time. While a call is up a
  > 64k digital channel is being held up thourgh the fabric of the switching
  > network. Rates are based on CCS consumption. Should an ISP pay ten times
  > as much for a line than a residential customer? Should a residential
  > customer pay more if they are having long holding times? Why should a
  > normal voice only residenital customer pay more to subsidize long
  > holding pattern callers? Cleary there needs to more emphazize on a user
  > pay structure to allow greater investment in switching plant to occur.
  > ISP's that underprovision thier lines and oversell their accounts (no one
  > does that right?) cause another headache for the telco. Everytime a caller
  > gets busy, they call back again and again and again. This creates large volumes
  > of uncompleted calls all of which consume switch resources. When an ISP's
  > incoming line pool closely matches what their requirements really are their
  > impact on the switching fabric is reduced.
  This would seem to be obvious and true, but worth pointing out.
  > Seems to me we need more cooperation between the telco and ISP communitty. Both
  > need each other. The ISP's can't currently survive without the Telco's lines and
  > the Telco's need the extra renevue generated by the growth in local loop
  > utilization
  > that occurs both at the ISP end and the residential end. 
  I debate this issue. Telcos have survived very long and well in their
  monopoly market. While most internet access is now through telco,
  alternative local-loop carriers, cable modems, dedicated wireless data &
  cellular are all alternatives. 
  What telco really wants to do, IMHO, is to push charges for some
  unregulated side of their business into the regulated side, thus
  justifying a rate increase. This is the way they have made money for
  Of course, since I have no good solid evidence and am afraid of being sued
  for slander by saying the above, I must mention that I am propounding a
  theory, which I will continue to investigate.
  --Dr. Who
  Sinister Networks...Boston's Smallest ISP