Subject: [IP] more on SBC to raise DSL pricing 25-43% (unless you bundle)
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From: Bob Frankston <Bob19email@example.com>
Date: October 31, 2005 7:19:38 PM EST
To: 'Bill Williamson' <firstname.lastname@example.org>, email@example.com
Cc: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com
Subject: RE: [IP] more on SBC to raise DSL pricing 25-43% (unless you bundle)
Of course PPPoE is a strange thing -- it's based on some confused model of
the Internet. You run IP over ATM backhauled to some remote place where it
is then connected to the Internet via an ISP of your choice. In addition to
the physical billing channels, it's about virtual billing channels. You
can't let those packets roam free -- that would be too simple.
It's just like EV-DO -- it's an attempt to layer IP connectivity over an
obsolescent business model thus guaranteeing high costs and bounded
performance that defeats Moore's law. It's very hard to stay competitive if
you have all this gratuitous overhead.
Perhaps SBC and others think that all these costs are necessary because if
you over-define the problem you don't allow for efficient solutions. Even
worse if you know that your people know more about networking than the
amateurs without experience running phone networks you can convince
yourself that, indeed, those who haven't burdened themselves with all this
nonsense must be cheating.
Just think of what it costs to maintain a large building full of old switching equipment vs replacing it with simple ATA's to convert analog audio to IP and then adding a few routers.
How long can the marketplace tolerate this? Another year? Maybe ... maybe
I'll go even further and ask, is there a single ADSL provider in the US who doesn't use standard PPPoE or PPPoA (if you have an integrated gateway)?
I know when I had SBC, even after the yahoo merge, they provided you with
your username/password which you could use with any PPPoE modem or
software to get a straight connection. The "activation" software is
simply for people who don't know how to set things up, and they send a
"self install" sheet with the CD in case you do know how to set things up.
David Farber said:
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