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COMMUNET  June 1993, Week 2

COMMUNET June 1993, Week 2

Subject:

Re: 500 channels, redux

From:

"Glenn S. Tenney" <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Mon, 14 Jun 1993 10:43:48 -0800

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At 11:04 AM 6/14/93 -0400, David Punia wrote:
> ...   Still, there is a lot that CAN happen if sufficient digital
>technology is placed in the home.  The cable companies know that; they
>give away addressable set-top converters, for example.  Unfortunately, the
>the telcos haven't figured it out.  If they had, ISDN would be in
>place and affordable for residential customers, and the phone companies
>would have been in a much better position than they are to take
>advantage of new markets.  Instead, they are locked into a mainframe
>computing mentality, where all the "enhanced" services are provided
>centrally and we access them with dumb terminals (telephones).
 
The telcos know, more so than the cablecos, what can happen with digitial
technology in the home.  The cablecos have no experience in this area and
are just, for the most part, using the current buzzwords eg. compression,
digitial, etc.  A primary reason for ISDN not being widely deployed is
financial...  combined with tarifs.  The telcos, unlike the cablecos, have
been regulated and their profits restrained (thankfully!) but when it comes
to things like ISDN, they can change the way they bill for the services.
 
btw, the cablecos do not "give away" converters!  Quite the contrary, they
rent them to you at a price that typically equals their cost in a year or
less -- and when they require addressable converters to decode channels,
they do not allow you to buy a competing device.  Doesn't this sound like
the phone system of thirty or forty years ago?
 
---
Glenn Tenney
[log in to unmask]            Amateur radio: AA6ER
Voice: (415) 574-3420        Fax: (415) 574-0546

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