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Date:      Fri, 9 Feb 1996 17:34:31 -0700 (MST)
From:      Terry Lambert <terry@lambert.org>
To:        caj@tower.stc.housing.washington.edu (Craig Johnston)
Cc:        questions@freebsd.org
Subject:   Re: ISDN devices supported?
Message-ID:  <199602100034.RAA11869@phaeton.artisoft.com>
In-Reply-To: <199602092034.MAA04298@tower.stc.housing.washington.edu> from "Craig Johnston" at Feb 9, 96 12:34:26 pm

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> > > > The real answer is to disdain ISDN anyway: the reason for it is to
> > > > allow metering charges by the Telco's, and that should be discouraged.
> 
> You mean "disdain _metered_ ISDN."  

I mean disdain _meterable_ ISDN.  I resent the possibiliy that something
as trivial as a policy change can damn me.

> Possible.  Not necessary.  Some areas in the US have fixed-rate ISDN.
> 
> We recently got this in Seattle, if my source is correct.  Every so often
> I find myself almost thinking government meddling with the "free market"
> isn't always a bad thing. ;)  (I think it got rammed down their throats.)

Now try to mandate that they update to 5ESS or better switches without
a big cash incentive hidden up their sleeves (hard to do if the PUC rips
their sleeves off with a flat rate tariff).  8-(.

Technically, I've lived in service areas for ISDN for the past 6 years,
according to PUC tariffs, but try to actually get it until very recently,
and you are out of luck (my prefix at my current address is outside
the area with the single 5ESS in the city...).

[ ... ]

> But yeah, by all means don't go for metered ISDN, you'll just encourage
> them.  Paying for usage is bloody prehistoric.

8-).


					Terry Lambert
					terry@lambert.org
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