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AFRIK-IT  January 1997

AFRIK-IT January 1997

Subject:

Is the free ride over? (fwd)

From:

Max Freund <[log in to unmask]>

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African Network of IT Experts and Professionals (ANITEP) List

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Sat, 18 Jan 1997 14:47:04 -0500

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Enjoy it while it lasts!

-M

>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
>>
>>[log in to unmask] http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4099
>>
>>RE: Is the free ride over ?
>>
>>http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4099/Ideaweb.htm
>>
>>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
>>calls.
>>
>> 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]
>>
>>
>>Copies of the SYNERGY JOURNAL sent by request: [log in to unmask]
>>Peter E. Pflaum Ph.D. , Headmaster GLOBAL_VILLAGE_SCHOOLHOUSE
>>225 Robinson Road, New Smyrna Beach, FL 32169-2176 (904) 428-1355
>>pflaump IRC webforum.research.digital.com join #synergybunch
>>http://www.altavista.forum.digital.com/ Directory Floor 503
>>http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4099 [log in to unmask]
>>
>>Please write to [log in to unmask] http://www.geocities.com/Athens/4099/ -
>http://www.altavista.forum.digital.com/ Floor 503 Peter E. Pflaum Ph.D. ,
>Headmaster GLOBAL_VILLAGE_SCHOOLHOUSE 225 Robinson Road, New Smyrna Beach,
>FL 32169-2176
>>(904) 428-1355 Listserver change at [log in to unmask]
>>
>>
>
>---
>?????????  "evoke beauty, truth, light and love....peace!"
>  @ @       & "be careful what you wish for .... you might get it!"
>    ~       [log in to unmask]  -  http://www.ilhawaii.net:80/~premaq/
>   <>        Prema Qadir, B.S.C.E.    = 8< D
>================================================
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