Re: phone barons

Rob Fleetwood (
Thu, 09 May 1996 13:10:49 -0700


Let's be clear and fair when we refer to "the phone companies". The proposed increase in question
is from the local exchange carriers (LECs) or, the RBOCs -- Bell Atlantic, Nynex, etc. They should
not be confused with either AT&T, Sprint, MCI or other "traditional" long-distance companies. The
term "the phone companies" has no specifity these days. Generalizing can improperly miscast
industry players -- an example: Neither MCI nor AT&T have objected to Internet Phone-type services.

Chris Yagmin wrote:
> At 02:55 PM 5/8/96 -0500, you wrote:
> >
> >Not that this has anything to do with cu-see-me..... The real way to
> >stick it to the phone companies is to interface the Internet with the
> >phone system so that long distance calls become a combination of local
> >calls and the Internet. Unfortunately companies that do this are going to
> >be just as interested in making money as the Internet is. But it is being
> >done currently in a few areas. If anyone has information on this I'd be
> >interesting in finding out more about these projects.
> >-Elliot
> >
> Well I guess the phone companies are going to get our money one way or
> another. I was watching the news on tuesday and one of the lead stories was
> about how the telephone companies want to increase the base charge by ten
> dollars over five years. I am not sure what rational they are using to
> justify this but, it sounds excessive to me. I did not hear what kind of
> regulatory process they have to go through to make this increase happen.
> sigh.
> Chris.
> Chris Yagmin