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RE: Internet vs. Telephone company
From: Robert Wilson <RWilson () genuity net>
Date: Fri, 31 Jan 1997 18:30:46 -0700

A couple observations:

1.  Local and Long Distance phone companies stand to gain the most from
the current Internet growth frenzy, yet seem to be the quickest to try
to slow or defer its growth...They have the luxury of having enough a
buaracracy surrounding them to play both ends AND the middle.  One
cannot say that they haven't profited from their growth....re-investment
in infrastructure is simply par for the course when providing network

2.  If they are NOT careful, TCI/@Home will have their lunch.  Although
ADSL may be viable, its cost model still looks high to the consumer when
positioned against cable modems, and would offer no real tangible
difference to the casual end user.  

My wish is that they begin to understand this at a macro level....

From:  Tony Torzillo[SMTP:torzillo () cac washington edu]
Sent:  Friday, January 31, 1997 4:24 PM
To:    nanog () merit edu
Subject:       Internet vs. Telephone company

An interesting article was posted by the Seattle Times yesterday, it's at:


This was the Jan 30, 1997 issue. In it, Diedtra Henderson writes:

"US West serves 2.2 million customers in Washington state and spent $340
million improving its phone system here last year, a spokesman said. The
company blames a meteoric rise in Internet use for its phone-service woes.
"For the next five years we are in big trouble. There is no clear,
intelligent way to expand the phone system to handle the Internet
demands," said Lu, who expects metered Internet access in the future - in
other words, you pay by the hour. "

My question is:  Have other people heard of similar attempts by the
telephone companies to have "metered Internet access"?  It seems they
would need a hardware level signal analyzer on their switching equipment
to differentiate between voice/data.  Does anyone know by what means such
a technology could be implemented?  What would be the legal ramifications? 

Also do people agree with the claims that our local lack of available
phone lines is due to Internet usage or just to lack of foresight in
growth management decisions?

Tony Torzillo
Network Specialist, UW Network Operations Center, 543-5128
EMAIL:  ndc-noc () cac washington edu, torzillo () cac washington edu

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