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Thought you might find this interesting.  This is an excerpt from a
newspaper article covering a rate request hearing of a Californian
telephone company, where a piece of news I had missed in the ads for MS
Explorer came out.
 
 AEHadley, MLS, AHIP
 US Naval Hospital, Guam
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 09/27 ISDN Rate Hearings Thrown For A Loop;
 Microsoft Offers Fast, Cheap Alternative
 
   San Francisco Examiner
   By Louis Trager
   Copyright 1996
 
   Just when state regulators thought the final arguments over raising
 ISDN Internet access rates had sounded, a technological bombshell
 exploded.
   During a debate described as a "culture clash between Bellheads and
 Netheads," the Public Utilities Commission learned Thursday that
 Microsoft Corp's newest operating system allows users to replicate the
 high-speed of ISDN lines at a fraction of the cost.
   According to arguments heard by the PUC, users of Windows NT 4.0, can
 link four ordinary phone lines to four modems on their computer to
 duplicate the ISDN connection speed.
   Such users would pay Pacific Bell about $60 a month for 24-hour-a-day
 World Wide Web, e-mail, fax and corporate network connections at 128
 kilobits per second.
   By comparison, if Pac Bell's bid for a rate increase were approved,
 ISDN access would cost about $900 a month. Now, the Windows NT gambit
 threatens to jam the phone network and gobble up scarce phone numbers.
 
 ....
     David Frankel, president of Jetstream Communications, a home-office
 equipment company in San Jose, tried to reassure commissioners. He said
 few consumers would pay for four modems, and whatever premium charges
 Internet service providers imposed, in order to use the Windows NT for
 virtual ISDN access.
 ....
 
   Speed a necessity
   ISDN lines transfer data four to five times faster than traditional
 modems. The speed isn't just a matter of convenience; without it,
 multimedia and other data-fat uses simply aren't practical.
    And though other fast network connections are coming - notably ADSL &
 cable hookups - they aren't going to be as widespread and economical as
 ISDN for years.
 
 .....
   They must own relatively sophisticated PCs, costing at least $1,500,
 and ISDN modems, costing a few hundred dollars more.
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AEH: ? $1,500 hardly seems like a "sophisticated PC" - maybe they mean
one that can run Win95.