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Re: HR 1542
Jeff Mcadams wrote: > Look at the history of computing and computer networking...the more open > solution wins, almost without fail. Open up the telco networks, and the > cable networks will loose out and will cease to be relevent. > > The RBOCs seem to think, however, that two wrongs make a right. The > prevailing thought being something like, "Sure, openness is good, but if > the cablecos aren't going to be open, then its bad for us to be open." > > Uh...huh? You've got it wrong. It's "They don't have to do it; why should we?" > So, in summary, I agree with you that cable networks should be open as > well. The bad news is that its a fight that we (independent ISPs) won't > win because we don't have legal and regulatory leverage. But it's a fight that others can fight too. Big guys. AOL probably won't (AOL==Time Warner, remember), but Earthlink and MSN might. EarthlinkMindspringOneMainSprint of BORG *is* aligned with Sprint, but Sprint isn't an ILEC in the vast majority of towns across the USA. Everyone should be fighting for this, IMHO. Little ISPs, big-name nationwide retail providers, and backbones that aren't associated with an ILEC. That means UUNet and Intermedia, for example. MCI isn't an ILEC in most places that I know of, either. So why aren't we fighting? > The good news > is that we *can* win the fight for real open access on telco networks if > we organize and fight. Yup! > >And I don't understand why every single ISP (regardless of size) isn't > >doing more to stand up for open access. Ultimately, it will become an > >issue of survival. > > Check out http://war.iglou.com > > Join or start your state ISP Association or one of the national ones > like The American ISP Association (http://www.aispa.org). > -- Tired of Earthlink? Get JustTheNet! Nationwide Dialup, ISDN, DSL, ATM, Frame Relay, T-1, T-3, and more. EARTHLINK AMNESTY PROGRAM: Buy a year, get two months free More info coming soon to http://JustThe.net, or e-mail me!