ISPs and Outrageous ISDN tariffs [cr-951228]


Richard Moore

>From: "Craig A. Johnson" <•••@••.•••>
Date:          Wed, 27 Dec 1995
Subject:       (Fwd) ISPs and Outrageous ISDN tariffs

Very interesting developments on ISDN pricing, much as some of us
have been predicting.  Jamie says that even AT&T and Microsoft are
not tackling the RBOCs on this.  I wonder what the reasons behind
this are.


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Date:          Wed, 27 Dec 1995
From:          James Love <•••@••.•••>
To:            Multiple recipients of list <•••@••.•••>
Subject:       ISPs and Outrageous ISDN tariffs

With US West filing for a 300 percent increase in its residential ISDN
tariffs, Bell Atlantic asking for up to 4 cents per minute per ISDN
call, and PAC Bell filing for higher residential ISDN tariffs, one
would think that Internet Service Providers, Online information
providers, Computer and Software companies would realize they are
being hosed, and mount some type of response.  But so far the only
opposition to these moves has come from individuals and relatively
small businesses, few of them ISPs.

Apparently several of the giants in the computer and software industry
are trying to figure out what to do, but they are *VERY* reluctant to
take on the baby bells without some type of larger coalition they can
hide behind.  Only AT&T has done much of anything, having intervened
in the Utah/USWEST case.  Microsoft had done nothing, despite pleas
for some action, even though the firm's employees are very large users
of ISDN in Washington State.  Bill Gates's "the road ahead" says that
residential ISDN should be priced at less than $20 per month (page
101).  But with an $184 per month tariff filed by USWEST, Microsoft
isn't doing anything, in its own back yard.

In the Washington State case, the pre-hearing conference is this
friday, if any Washington State firms want to become active, this
would be a good meeting to make.  jamie

James Love, •••@••.••• P.O. Box 19367, Washington, DC 20036; v.
202/387-8030; f. 202/234-5176 Consumer Project on Technology; Taxpayer Assets Project;


 Posted by Richard K. Moore (•••@••.•••) Wexford, Ireland

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