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Re: FCC/Telco issues (fwd)
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Renard (Marty) Martin
Herndon, VA 20170
> From: James Love <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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> Subject: IP: FCC/Telco issues (fwd)
> Date: Thursday, November 21, 1996 12:45 AM
> new coalition on ISPs and network access fees.
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> Date: Tue, 19 Nov 1996 19:42:35 -0500
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> Subject: IP: FCC/Telco issues
> WASHINGTON, DC, U.S.A., 1996 NOV 15 (NB) -- By Bill Pietrucha.
> Internet users, take heart. A number of information technology
> companies and trade associations are trying to keep Internet usage fees
> from climbing. Yesterday marked the advent of the DATA Coalition,
> formed to protect consumers from efforts by Incumbent Local
> Exchange Carriers (ILECs) to hike fees for Internet usage.
> The Coalition, chaired by the Information Technology Association of
> America (ITAA), and the Information Technology Industry Council
> (ITI), is designed to ensure that the Federal Communications
> Commission (FCC) doesn't require Internet users to pay more for
> access through the same old voice telephone network; and to ensure
> that the FCC encourages the deployment of computer-friendly
> telecommunications technology and the introduction of true local
> According to ITI president, Rhett Dawson, the Coalition maintains that
> the local telephone companies have been slow to provide data-friendly
> digital connections and are resisting the introduction of competition.
> Dawson said that Coalition members "believe the health and continued
> growth of the Internet are at stake."
> "Ironically, these same local telephone companies that have failed to
> provide efficient data network alternatives and are aggressively
> marketing second telephone lines for Internet access are now
> complaining about excessive demand on their networks," Dawson
> said. "Their solution is to charge Internet users new fees before
> providing advanced technology that is appropriate for handling online
> data traffic."
> ITAA president, Harris Miller, concurred. "In a truly competitive
> environment, everyone need only pay for the access that he or she
> needs," Miller said. "This is what the Internet age demands. But in the
> meantime, we reject the idea that the Internet users pay for parts of the
> voice telephone network they don't need, that isn't even appropriate to
> handle data traffic."
> "While the rest of the world zooms toward the 21st Century, the
> ILECs are trotting back toward the 19th," Miller said.
> "We believe the phone companies' arguments are economically and
> technically unsound," said Intel's Paul Meisner. Meisner chairs the
> Coalition's Steering Committee.
> "We will identify alternatives to the phone companies' approach to the
> growing demand for Internet services that are more efficient," Meisner
> said. He added that "our solutions would eliminate congestion on the
> networks, significantly improve the quality of Internet access, and
> result in a healthier competitive environment."
> According to the Coalition, the Internet charge issue could be raised by
> the FCC in December as part of its rulemaking on access charge
> reform. These new rules will determine what the local phone
> companies can charge for access to their networks.
> Under current rules, enhanced service providers (ESPs), such as
> Internet service providers, are classified as "users" and do not pay
> access charges, Meisner told Newsbytes.
> Access charges, Meisner explained, are per-minute fees paid by long
> distance and telephone companies to ILECs for originating and
> terminating long distance calls.
> Although many local telephone companies have announced they will
> ask the FCC to make ESPs pay these additional charges as a means of
> reducing Internet and other enhanced services traffic, Meisner said, the
> DATA Coalition "believes it would be more appropriate for the FCC to
> address ESP access in a separate proceeding, to be undertaken as soon
> as possible, on new telecommunications technology.
> In addition to ITI and ITAA, the Coalition includes the American
> Electronics Association (AEA) and the Business Software Alliance
> (BSA). Companies represented by the DATA Coalition include
> America Online, Apple, Compaq, Compuserve, Digital Equipment
> Corporation, IBM, Intel, Microsoft, Netscape, Novell and Oracle.
> (19961115/Press Contact: Bob Cohen, ITAA, tel 703-284-5333)
> From www.nbnn.com