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Re: A DOV technical question
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- Subject: Re: A DOV technical question
- From: Michael Philip Kaufman <firstname.lastname@example.org>
- Date: Mon, 04 Nov 1996 12:03:22 -0500
At 12:28 PM 11/4/96 -0500, Fred R. Goldstein wrote:
>True. Ameritech's the same way. Per-call charges with no timing are
>counterproductive when duration's the issue. These go back a *long* way.
>They're "message unit" tariffs dating back to the pre-dial days, when the
>operator punched a ticket for each local call. On stepper gear (which NYC
>never had, though Panel may have had the same problem), primary-local (one
>message unit) calls were hard to time. NYNEX/MA got permission to adopt
>"single message rate timing" (SMRT) in the late '70s, but many steppers kept
>untimed 1MU calls because it was too costly to upgrade.
Fascinating (about the genesis of per-call charges with no timing)...
>Trouble is, any alternative pricing raises other issues. Telcos just don't
>like flat rates (well NYNEX doesn't!).
Understood...but jeez; I'd readily move to *measured* service if I were
only paying for (cumulative) connect time, without these dial-up penalties
added on top...!
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