Re: FCC Pending Action
Cheryl Singhal (csinghal@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 11 Feb 1997 10:08:39 -0500
On Tue, 11 Feb 1997, OLAN WATKINS wrote:
> ----Forwarded Message(s)----
> Here's the text of an article from the February 8, 1997, New York Times,
> which fills in the gaps on the pending FCC matter.
> FCC Considering Access Fees for ISPs
> By ROBERT E. CALEM
> The $19.95 flat monthly fee for unlimited Internet access is being
> threatened by a proposed change in the federal government's telephone
> Most phone systems were designed to anticipate that a maximum of 10
> percent of all users would be using their phones at any one time. That
> assumption was reasonable given the average amount of time most callers
> spend talking on the phone. But people tend to spend far more time on
> the line when making data calls -- a trend that has been exacerbated in
> the last 10 months as more and more ISPs began offering unlimited access
> to the Internet for a flat rate of $19.95 a month.
I respectfully submit that not all the excess time on the phone is caused
by on-line usage. A phone call to a business that used to take 3 minutes
now can take up to 10 minutes as I wade through automated phone systems
trying to find the option that'll let me ask: Are you open Sunday? or
What's your mailing address?
Likewise, when driving and parking weren't such hassles, I could often
dash out to the store and see for myself if they had something. Now,
instead of spending 20 minutes on the road, I spend 10 on the phone,
tying up Ma Bell's system.
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City