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COMMUNET  September 1996, Week 2

COMMUNET September 1996, Week 2

Subject:

BellSouth moving to eliminate flat-rate ISDN

From:

[log in to unmask] (Steve Snow)

Date:

Thu, 12 Sep 1996 10:57:23 -0400 (EDT)

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Folks,

This really is really for people in the Southeast US, in the 9 BellSouth 
states. Still, those in other states where flat-rate ISDN is available 
should keep an eye on your telco service provider(s) for possible changes 
in rate approaches. 

This is shifting sand.

A week (?) ago, I posted some info about BellSouth moving to file with 
public utilities commisisons in all its service states to eliminate 
flat-rate ISDN pricing.

That is true.

I now have a little more information. 

The filing would be for several things, including providng reduced ISDN 
rates for multi-year contacts and so forth. The most important (IMO, of 
course) is the pricing. The current proposal being considered at 
BellSouth is for a thing they call "Threshhold billing". That means a 
certain number of hours would be at a flat rate and then the meter would 
start running.

The current proposal would allow 100 hours of ISDN monthly at a flat rate 
and then metered after that for residential use; 200 hours of flat rate 
before metered for business use.

Why do I raise this? Well, a couple of reasons. 

1. As higher bandwidths (and this kind of ISDN is considered narrowband 
ISDN) becomes standard, voice telephone connections will increasingly 
move to ISDN. This *could* have an impact on monthly regular telephone 
charges if you become an ISDN customer. [On a transitional basis, it 
would not be unusual at all to get 2 ISDN channels to your house, use one 
for the phone and one for telecommunications. If you are a big surfer AND 
a big talker, you could find yourself in deep expense land in a hurry.]

2. ISDN, while considered an occasional connection service, best used for 
"bursty" data transfer, is currently used in some cases for dedicated 
connectivity. Two hundred hours of flat-rate usage would be gobbled up
very quickly in a dedicated setting.

Offsetting this somewhat is that ISDN dialup is supposed to be lightning 
fast and so demand dialing for connectivity could be possible, though
more of a headache to keep track of and perhaps somewhat more limiting.

If others have follow-up information that sheds more light on this, I, 
for one, surely would like to hear more about it.

Steve Snow, Project Director
Charlotte's Web
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