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>Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 07:41:49 -1000
>To: "Advisory Board: Ghana Distance Learning/Computer Literacy Program":;
>From: Prema Qadir <[log in to unmask]>
>Subject: Is the free ride over ?
>>To: [log in to unmask]
>>From: [log in to unmask] (Peter Pflaum)
>>Subject: Is the free ride over ?
>>Date: Sat, 18 Jan 1997 14:25:02 +0000
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>>RE: Is the free ride over ?
>>I can't think when a new technology was so free and supported by
>>the "system". The "free rider" problem is also the reason for
>>explosive growth. If we believe in economics at all, the rational
>>allocation of resources by supply/demand prices, then there has
>>to be some kind of fees attached to the phone lines of users;
>>i.e. you pay more for lines that use a lot of modem data.
>> PACIFIC BELL ATTACKS INTERNET ACCESS EXEMPTION
>> Source: COMMUNICATIONS DAILY
>> COMMUNICATIONS DAILY via Individual Inc. : Internet service
>>providers are using more than $200 billion in telecom
>>infrastructure "virtually for nothing," Pacific Bell Pres. David
>>Dorman said Wed. In speech to L.A. business group, Assn. for
>>Corporate Growth, Dorman renewed PacBell's campaign, begun last
>>year, for changes in access fees. FCC has opened docket to
>>determine whether online providers should pay such costs.
>> In related activity, SBC said it has become first carrier to
>>introduce technology developed last year by Nortel that will
>>split data traffic from traditional voice calls, thus reducing
>>burden on central office switches from Internet and other data
>> In speech, Dorman said that enhanced service providers (ESPs),
>>as FCC calls online companies, in 1984 were exempted from access
>>fees to help "these fledgling companies off the ground." He
>>listed some companies that he said take advantage of rates --
>>"companies like Time Warner. Compuserve. America Online." He
>>said such companies have received benefits of "government
>>telephone tariffs," but now that they are launched, "it's time to
>>normalize their share of the nation's infrastructure burden."
>>Dorman said those service providers' usage "swamps the local
>>telephone company's switching centers, forcing equipment
>>upgrades that promise to yield zero revenue." He said PacBell
>>spent $14 million on emergency upgrades last year, with figure
>>expected to jump to $100 million this year. He urged that access
>>fees be changed to usage system from flat rate.
>> Dorman also listed some of benefits that Internet is producing,
>>such as 150% increase in new phone lines, 190% jump in 2nd phone
>>lines, 285% surge in ISDN lines and demand for some business
>>data services climbing more than 300%. Until last year, he said,
>>1985 was peak year for phone line installations, with 500,000,
>>but he said 700,000 were installed last year: "In every product
>>category touched by the Internet we find runaway demand." Dorman
>>didn't include calculation of revenue gained from those extra
>>services. Pacific Bell spokesman noted later that company has
>>asked for increase in ISDN rates because service isn't making
>>money, and that 2nd lines used for Internet access also don't
>>generate revenue for company.
>> Meanwhile, SBC Chmn. Edward Whitacre said new Internet/Intranet
>>Transport Service (IITS) is being sold in 12 major market areas
>>-- Austin, Dallas, Ft. Worth, Houston, Kansas City, Little Rock,
>>Oklahoma City, San Antonio, St. Louis, Topeka, Tulsa, Wichita.
>>Other areas will be included this year, Whitacre said.
>>Commercial rollout follows trials with Internet service providers
>>in Dallas and Ft. Worth. New service, using Nortel gear, routs
>>data calls into T-1 or T-3 data network, using packet
>>technology, with voice calls remaining on traditional network.
>>Service also includes modem termination, so Internet firms can
>>reduce their modem pool operations.
>> [01-16-97 at 16:50 EST, Copyright 1997, Warren Publishing]
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