Re: POLITICS: H.R. 1542

From: Brian D Williams (
Date: Wed Feb 27 2002 - 10:23:01 MST

>From: Mike Lorrey <>

>So let me get this straight: the Bell's will only offer high
>bandwidth service to their customers if we agree to allow
>ourselves to become prisoners of monopolies again, and if we agree
>that you can't be required to sell bandwidth at below retail rates
>to resellers? Yet, the RBOC's will retain the right to buy and
>sell bandwidth amongst themselves.

We are currently required to sell telephones/bandwidth below COST,
not retail, and yes, like every other business in America we are
not going to engage in business that is without profit. Nor are we
going to continue to subsidize the so-called "competition". The
only thing they are competiting for is a share of RBOC generated

Nobody says there has to be a monopoly, let the PLEC's build their
own networks.

>This is tantamount to the big three car makers getting together
>and saying "We'll only sell cars to you if you agree that you will
>pick one brand of car and remain loyal to it your entire life, and
>that importers will be banned, but we can buy and sell cars
>amongst ourselves and put whatever model name on them we want,
>you'll take what we give you, and if you want that cool energy
>efficient hybrid car, you better do what we say."

There is nothing to prevent anyone else from building their own
networks, in fact economics 101 will tell you if we are the only
network there is no way prices are ever going to go down. The more
PLECs the higher the prices will be.

I am simply stating facts. The RBOC's do not need to build a fiber
network simply to supply local telephone service.

I am not merely an RBOC employee, but a customer. I want fiber as
much as anyone, but I can also read the numbers, and without a
change that's not going to happen.


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