From: Norman J. Jacknis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Tue Sep 19 2000 - 23:25:01 EDT
There's always another side to the story. Here's a response to the earlier article I sent on a bill affecting dial-up Internet users.
The fact that the Bells are now trying to avoid having to comply with
terms of an agreement they, themselves, negotiated should be a clue
as to what's really going on here. The Bells were happy enough with
the terms when they assumed that *they* would be at the receiving end
of reciprocal compensation. But now that they're the ones having to
*pay* the fees, it's suddenly a bad idea.
Dial-up Internet service is affordable partly because of the
reciprocal compensation system. If HR 4445 and S2102 are enacted,
the competitive companies will have to increase the cost of service
to ISPs, and the ISPs will in turn pass those costs on to consumers.
And that will be the end of affordable Internet service.
Nonprofit groups concerned about expanding access to technology
should be vocally opposing HR 4445 and S 2902.
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