At 12:05 PM 9/24/99 -0700, Brian wrote:
>If we build an all fiber network we have to do it out of profit,
>and not charge the users (strike one) we have to let EVERYONE else
>use it (strike two) for 20% less than we charge ourselves, (strike
>three) we have to reserve 80% of bandwidth for them (strike four!)
>and we are forbidden from long distance or any other value added
>business... (strike five!)
>Any wonder we haven't built it?
Sorry this is vague, but I very recently skimmed a news item that sounded encouraging in regard especially to alleviating your fifth strike, and perhaps one or two others. I'll have to go and dig up the story, but as I recall the FCC (I presume) has just clarified which parts of the networks the RBOCs must open up before they can compete in long distance, and they *do not* include the data networks. If someone doesn't beat me to it, I'll track down the specifics.
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