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Re: bellheads vs. netheads

At 04:56 PM 2/21/97 -0500, you wrote:
>Anssi Porttikivi wrote:
>> I can't
>> really see why the router/microcomputer/Windows market would need more
>> than a financially negligible amount of technology from the old
>> telecomms world to fullfill all global communications needs. The
>> datacomms companies are busy re-einventing and surpassing everything the
>> phone system has ever had, only much, much cheaper this time.

>If you were to imagine putting the existing voice network
>on top of an internet-like network, one would need
>to spend a lot of money to shuffle all those bits,
>and produce a reliable network that runs all the time.
>Also, you shouldn't forget that essentially
>all the internet (except the LAN in your office) actually
>runs over those 'old' switches and fibers.

I can't miss an oportunity, to disagree at least in part, with my brother in
public -- at least on th Inferno mailing list -- But:

The subsidies he refers to are definitely there regarding local service, but
its not totally clear who is subsidizing whom and when.

For example -- while the population of metro Boston is growing if at all
very slowly -- the number of new phone lines is growing dramaticaly.

Less than 2 decades ago all of Mass east of the Connecticut River was in the
617 area code.  Then we had 617 and 508 which were supposed to last until
2010 -- in 1998 we will have 2 additional area codes formed by splitting 508
and 617.  At least in part -- Internet access is responsible for the
proliferation of multiple lines.  Many of the new lines are for big
businesses with CENTREX extensions and cell phones, but many are also the
home based business that has put in a 2nd or even a 3rd line for Internet
and fax access.  We know this because they use the cheap and subsidized
residential service rather than putting in a business line.

In addition, eveerytime I go over to my favorite ISP, NYNEX is pulling more
wire and fiber.  They went from 1 fractional T-1 3 years ago to T-3 plus
several T-1's.  So who is subsidizing whom?  I think the answer is not at
all obvisous it depends on where you are, when you are using the system and
how high a duty factor you're imposing.

On the flip side -- it seems extremely strange that we go through the
process of making data sound like voice so that we can send it to a local
place (the ISP) where it goes back to data fro the long haul.  If the
regulatory elements would permit-- it would seem that the ISP's ought to be
housed in the NYNEX buildings and separate data lines should be offered from
the local premises to the central office. These lines could use ISDN or
better yet ADSL or even some US Robotics proprietary encoding protocols, but
the data would be kept out of the voice network entirely.

Inferno may or may not have a great opportunity here -- obligatory Inferno
Ted Kochanski, Ph.D.
Sensors Signals Systems  ---  "Complex Systems -- Analysis and Architecture"
e-mail tpk@sensorsys.com   phone (617) 861-6167  fax  861-0476
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