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The Telecom Digest for June 15, 2013
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Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 05:44:03 -0700 From: "Harold Hallikainen" <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Thu, 13 Jun 2013 20:10:45 -0400, Ron wrote: > Neal McLain <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote: >> So what does Google actually charge per month for an internet >> connection? Since I don't live in the KC area, there's no way I can >> "pick a plan" from their website. > > Huh? > Gigabit + TV $120/mo $300 waived construction fee > Gigabit Internet $70/mo $300 waived construction fee > Free Internet $0/mo $300 construction fee > (one time or $25/mo for 12 mo) > .. > Free internet is: > Up to 5Mbps download, 1Mbps upload speed > No data caps > Free service guaranteed for at least 7 years > > http://fiber.google.com/about/ > That's interesting! I'm currently paying $70 per month for 6Mbps DSL. I wonder how the cost of providing the service costs out. What was total construction cost? What percentage "penetration" is achieved (how many people subscribe)? What is upstream cost? What is maintenance cost? What is ROI? Is this a good business investment? Can others do it? Harold -- FCC Rules Updated Daily at http://www.hallikainen.com - Advertising opportunities available! Not sent from an iPhone.
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 19:39:21 -0700 (PDT) From: Neal McLain <email@example.com> To: firstname.lastname@example.org. Subject: Re: Price-gouging cable companies are our latter-day robber barons Message-ID: <email@example.com> On Jun 14, 7:44 am, "Harold Hallikainen" <har...@hallikainen.org> wrote: > That's interesting! I'm currently paying $70 per month for 6Mbps > DSL. I wonder how the cost of providing the service costs out. What > was total construction cost? What percentage "penetration" is achieved > (how many people subscribe)? What is upstream cost? What is > maintenance cost? What is ROI? Is this a good business investment? Can > others do it? Interesting indeed. I suspect there's a minimum contract period for customers that sign up for a package that waives the $300 construction fee. Back in my cable TV days, we charged an "install charge," with no specified contract term. But marketing people were continually coming up with "free install" sales promotions, so the de-facto install charge was essentially zero. Every September, when 10,000 or so college students returned from summer vacations, we'd have to do hundreds of installs in a week. But students rarely stayed in the same place more than a year. I never thought that selling cable TV to college students was much of a money- maker, but under the terms of our franchise with the city, we were required to do it. Students not only got free installs, they were continually tampering with our facilities, often paid their bills late, and sometimes skipped town without paying the final bill. A $300 "construction fee," with a minimum contract period of one year, would certainly have put a stop that that kind of nonsense. Neal McLain
Date: Fri, 14 Jun 2013 21:24:00 -0400 From: "ABLE1" <firstname.lastname@example.org> To: email@example.com. Subject: Vodavi DHS-E TELECOM Message-ID: <OmPut.404257$Yp1.firstname.lastname@example.org> Hello all, Anyone in here have any familiarity with the Vodavi DHS-E phone system? I am having an issue that I can't seem to resolve. The system originally had a Dispatch Voice Mail unit installed which took a trip south. There a number of extensions that have the Message Waiting Light flashing. With out the Dispatch I can't figure out how to turn off the MWL and return the stations to normal. Looking for a hint on how that can be done without the use of a bigger hammer. TIA. Les
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