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Public Meetings on ISDN Pricing in Maryland
*** PUBLIC MEETINGS ON ISDN PRICING IN MARYLAND ***
The Maryland ISDN rate case in which the Consumer Project on
Technology has been participating for the past several months recently
concluded the hearing stage. Now you get your turn -- the public will
have an important final opportunity to make its voice heard in favor of
reasonably priced ISDN. Two meetings will be held and the Hearing
Examiner whom will make the initial decision in this case, Robert McGowan,
will be present to listen to the public's views.
CPT's MAIN POINTS
In the MD ISDN rate case, CPT has been advocating for a simple
Flat Rate or a Virtual Flat Rate (capped at 200 hours of 1B usage; 100
hours of 2B) for residential consumers--rather than Bell Atlantic's *7*
rate pack options which we believe are confusing, cumbersome, and penalize
over- and under-utilization of the pre-paid blocks of usage.
The MD Staff Counsel has basically sided with Bell Atlantic on the
pricing of ISDN. The MD Office of People's Counsel, however, has
advocated a $29 per month flat rate. CPT believes that this is a bit
high. We think that a flat rate or a virtual flat rate should be in the
range of $20-$25 per month. This rate would make Bell Atlantic's rates
comparable to the rates charged by Ameritech (4 states),
Bellsouth-Tennessee, PacBell, and others.
A few issues are of particular importance to the Commission.
Among the most important is the type of pricing proposal that consumers
prefer. Whether consumers favor full measured usage or Bell Atlantic's
call pack options when compared to a flat or virtual flat rate is a key
issue and should be addressed in your oral or written comments. Additional
background on this and other issues can be found at CPT's Bell Atlantic
ISDN Action page and general ISDN Page:
*BA ISDN Action-http://www.essential.org/cpt/isdn/bellnews.html
BALTIMORE MEETING -- JANUARY 8
A public meeting will be held at the MD Public Service Commission
at 7:30 p.m, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD. For persons
interested in speaking at the meeting, and we encourage everyone to take
advantage of this opportunity, registration will begin at 7:00 p.m.
ROCKVILLE MEETING -- JANUARY 9
A public meeting will be held at a site to be announced in the
Rockville/Bethesda area at 7:30 p.m. For persons interested in speaking
at the meeting, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this
opportunity, registration will begin at 7:00 p.m. We will get the word out
on the exact location when it is determined.
FOR THOSE UNABLE TO ATTEND THE MEETINGS
CPT strongly suggests that interested people come to the meeting.
This is by far the most effective way to meaningfully express your views.
Written comments, however, will also be accepted at the following address
if you cannot make it to the meeting:
Daniel P Gahagan, Executive Secretary
Attn: Case No. 8730
Maryland Public Service Commission
6 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806
No deadline has been established yet but we recommend that you
get your comments in by mid-January at the latest.
Email Comments may also be made to the following address:
For background information on ISDN in the Bell Atlantic region,
visit CPT's Bell Atlantic ISDN Action Page at:
* Todd J. Paglia, Esq. Center for Study of Responsive Law *
* firstname.lastname@example.org Taxpayer Assets Project *
* Consumer Project on Technology *
* A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds, *
* adored by little statesmen and philosophers and divines. *
* --Emerson *