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COMMUNET June 1993, Week 2

Subject:

Re: 500 channels, redux

From:

David Punia <[log in to unmask]>

Reply-To:

Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Mon, 14 Jun 1993 22:37:38 -0400

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< 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.
I agree with you to the extent that the telco's have better
developed expertise with digital systems.  My suggestion was that they
have been clumsy (at best) getting it deployed, and that the technology
they have deployed has been focussed on the CO (Central Office) and
their internal network instead of the customer (the mainframe mentality).
 
The cable companies have had greater success, perhaps from being
entertainment companies, in developing markets and products that people will
buy.  Furthermore, what they don't have, they seem willing to buy.  Witness
all the joint ventures being announced.
 
> 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.
<
It seems to me that it took a lawsuit in Mass. not too long ago to get the
telco there to supply ISDN to a residential customer at something on the same
order of magnitude as its marginal cost, instead of the exponentially higher
charges they had been hitting business customers with.  Is anyone out there
familiar with this case?
 
< 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.
Perhaps "give away" was a poor choice of words.  I do not pay an extra fee
for a set top convertor.  I subscribe to basic service, and did not use one
for many years.  I recently hooked up a different set which needed one, so
I went down to my cable company and they handed me one.  Perhaps I was
paying for it all along :-(
 
> Doesn't this sound like
< the phone system of thirty or forty years ago?
How much has telephone _service_ changed in the intervening years?  I
remember when the first touch tone phones came to our neighborhood in
the '60's.  What's changed since then?  Well, I used to be able to
dial 411 for (free) information; not anymore.  I still pay a premium for
touch tone service even though it costs the telco more to provide dial
service.  There's a digital network between every switch in the state,
but I have to use an analog line to get anywhere.  Someone can dial
911 and still be asked by the dispatcher, "where are you?"
This is progress?
 
--
David T. Punia             Voice: 802-656-1915           Fax: 802-656-0696
Univ. of Vermont CSEE dpt  Internet: [log in to unmask] Fidonet: 1:325/2
Burlington, VT 05405-0156  Compu$erve: 72617,1211        Prodigy: DJND87A

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