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Confession of the nailed-up
I have een reading this list for some time, usually staying in the
background. I'd like to thank Fred Goldstein for his intelligence, wit,
I am a nailed-up user of ISDN. There, I've got it off my chest. I guess I
am one of the ones that is ruining the phone network. Sorry if grandma
can't get through today to wish you a happy thanksgiving. It's probably my
fault. I'd like to point out that being "nailed up" has given some people
great notoriety and respect. However, I don't intend to die for even my
own sins, never mind those of the rest of mankind. Anyhow, I run a small
system in my house, connected to the local joke of an ISP through my handy
Bitsurfr Pro. I have to run it at 56K due to the strange tariffs we have
here in massachusetts. If I didn't I'd get quite a large bill, as the rate
for using either data channel is 2.5 - 5.5 cents/minute. So I am stuck
with my measily 56K, which is quickly getting saturated by the several
mailing lists and web pages I host on it. I'd like to get the full 128K
possible, but unless I go to the Centrex ISDN solution, which is very
expensive, I am stuck at 56K. The sad part is, if I understand all this
right, that I am sucking up as much switch capacity at 56K as I would if
it weren't for the sillly tariffs and I could use 64K or 128K! What a
shame. All that capacity going to waste over silly regulations.
I want a switched system, not a dedicated circuit. I don't want to be tied
to some ISP that suddenly decides that I am a captive customer and they
can treat me like sh*t. I've already switched once, and may do it again.
all I have to do is change where my DNS points, add my new dialup,
username, and password to me /etc/isdn.dial file and away I go. Even if I
could afford T1, I wouldn't get this type of flexibility, would I?
WHat I would be willing to deal with is some sort of set-up where, in
order to save switch capacity, ISPs are on a seperate switch. I can choose
whichever one I want, or start incurring a per-minute charge if I branch
out into teh regular public telepone network. This should be an option
available to all ISPs, not some sort of "deal" with nynex that one ISP
uses to get a head of it's competition. I'd also want to be able to use
all 128K of my ISDN. I'd be willing to pay a little bit more in able to do
that. I currently pay about $50 per month. I'd be willing to pay somewhere
less than $100 to get my full 128K. No more. no special, usage-based
pricing. I think I am being reasonable. If I wanted to pay more than $100
I could just get a second ISDN line, and figure out some way to run both
lines to the net at once.
I think that the RBOCs want to kill the internet, or harness it. They are
using their monopoly position to do so. The internet grew because of the
libertine structure of its youth. Remember what Telcos want to see as the
"information superhighway" - the per-packet charge structure of the X.25
networks. Remember how boring and crummy they were? and still are?
Hopefully you never will have to know.