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Drew Baxter droobie at maine.rr.com
Fri Nov 5 21:04:29 UTC 2004

At 03:48 PM 11/5/2004, Eric S. Johansson wrote:
>very good points.  Unfortunately down here in Massachusetts (last I looked 
>which was about six months ago), Verizon was one of the more restrictive 
>service providers with only 128k up and a consume only port blocking mentality.
>it sounds like you are not actually using Verizon for anything except 
>transport which means your Internet service provider is the one who sets 
>policy.  For example in my case, I use speakeasy over WorldCom.  Again 
>same great no restrictions type AUP.

Actually of the two ports we have in Bangor, one was Verizon DSL for 3 
years and is now switched to GWI.net solely because of the speed 
factor.  Verizon claimed 768/128 was the fastest available because of 
distance, which is false.  Verizon doesn't port block or restrict anything 
in this area, I know for sure.

Speakeasy is great, unfortunately most of where my friends are and where I 
am are not served by it.   GWI offers 8000/1000 service for 49.95, but my 
distance rules that out.  They largely leave me alone and I have the K1XVM 
IGate and my primary servers (mail.1-x.net, etc.) sitting here on it.

>the only reason you get to purchase service from another ISP over verizon 
>lines is because of the telecommunications act of 1996.  This privilege is 
>going away sometime next few years unless (I think) the service provider 
>also offers telephone service which is why speakeasy is now offering QOS 
>enabled VoIP.

Correct.  However here in Maine I suspect they'll keep things open to 
competition because the PUC will slap them around.  Maine is a funny state 
like that and GWI is a Maine-based Internet carrier.   Verizon will 
probably increase the cost a few bucks per circuit.  I'd still rather buy 
Internet from the Telco than from the Power Company here.  We're 
subsidizing the costs of a huge Natural Gas company and pipeline they own 
while their competitor in the other part of the state continues to lower costs.

>thanks to our friends in FCC land, this option will not be available to 
>you with fiber.  The rest of the world is sharing telecommunications 
>infrastructure for last mile.  Deutsche Telecom rents copper at 12 bucks a 
>month U.S. and makes money. Verizon rents it at closer to 25-30 per month 
>in claims to be losing money.  Given that we have lower cost structures, 
>I'm more than a little suspicious.  The information source by the way was 
>the dsl prime.  dave3 at dslprime.com   put "subscribe" in the subject, and 
>you'll be added free. it's a great newsletter for keeping you up on the 
>state of the world in dsl telecom.

The costs of things like unlimited long distance and the low cost long 
distance has also fractured the market.  I think that we're paying high 
money for copper because we're subsidizing Verizon Wireless, which 
continues to rarely make any solid amount of money but continues to add new 
features.  I don't think Verizon's going home hungry by any means, but I do 
think their customers are paying for their other ventures namely in the 
wireless industry.

--Droo, K1XVM 

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