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Dial-up provider loses Net access amid fee dispute / Ruling favoring Verizon may hike price of service
From: David Farber <dave () farber net>
Date: Fri, 28 Apr 2006 20:24:10 -0400



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From: Monty Solomon <monty () roscom com>
Date: April 28, 2006 6:57:20 PM EDT
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Subject: Dial-up provider loses Net access amid fee dispute / Ruling favoring Verizon may hike price of service


Dial-up provider loses Net access amid fee dispute
Ruling favoring Verizon may hike price of service

By Keith Reed, Globe Staff  |  April 28, 2006

Service to thousands of dial-up Internet users in Massachusetts was
disrupted this week after a federal court ruled against a Quincy
company in a lawsuit that could have broad impact on the cost of
dial-up service.

The US Court of Appeals in Boston ruled April 11 that Verizon
Communications Inc. can charge per-minute fees for calls to local
numbers that dial-up users need to connect to the Internet -- in much
the same way that they charge for long-distance or other calls.

The ruling came after Verizon sued Global NAPs Inc., a Quincy company
that supplies local numbers to 28 Internet service providers for use
by their dial-up customers.

Verizon claims it is owed more than $65 million by Global NAPs. The
court did not rule on damages, but Verizon cut off Global NAPs's
access to its network, effectively shutting down Internet service for
customers of dial-up providers like MegaNet of Fall River, which had
to find another company to supply emergency connections for its
approximately 7,500 dial-up subscribers.

...

http://www.boston.com/business/globe/articles/2006/04/28/ dial_up_provider_loses_net_access_amid_fee_dispute/



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