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Re: Sales of second phones, a major profit driver (fwd)

  regarding the RBOC's complaints about the Internet and congestion
  ---------- Forwarded message ----------
  Date: Mon, 4 Nov 1996 16:07:57 -0500
  From: Roger Bohn <Rbohn@UCSD.edu>
  To: Multiple recipients of list <com-priv@lists.psi.com>
  Subject: Re: Sales of second phones, a major profit driver
  At 1:30 PM -0500 11/4/96, Sean Donelan wrote:
  >Compared to the doom and gloom studies Bell Atlantic and other RBOCs
  >published last month about how the Internet is ruining the telephone
  >network, this quarter's financials statements are positively perky.
  >Sean Donelan, Data Research Associates, Inc, St. Louis, MO
  >  Affiliation given for identification not representation
  Last Thursday (?) I heard a long story about this "growing problem" on
  Marketplace, the NPR-carried business news program.  The story was, as most
  are, completely one-sided.  It talked about the COST incurred because of
  longer phone calls, but nothing about the REVENUES.
  That night I got home and found, in my mail, an aggressive solicitation
  from:   !! Pacific Bell!!  for a second phone line.  And, as an inducement
  if you get a second line they offered to throw in:
  5 months free, including unlimited usage, on their new Internet service!
  So obviously their marketing people believe the opposite of what their PR
  people are saying.  To me their PR smells of a standard attempt by a
  regulated (quasi) monopoly to influence the California regulators.
  Roger Bohn                                     Rbohn@UCSD.edu
  University of California, San Diego
  Internet  traffic is not free.   It just looks that way because someone
  else is paying.