Give me a break. Whitacre is acting like SBC customer's are not supporting
the network, there is your ROI Ed. So what if all the ISP's did the same
thing? Yeah right, that'll work for about 2 minutes. This is getting way out
of hand and I would hope Congress and the FCC et al, remember Madison River
and knock Whitacre down a peg or two.

Ok, now let's see what happens if every ISP and content provider blocks Ed's
customers? That should flood their support desks for a while.

Frank Muto
Co-founder -  Washington Bureau for ISP Advocacy - WBIA
Telecom Summit Ad Hoc Committee

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Tony Weasler" <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: <>
Sent: Tuesday, November 01, 2005 5:57 PM
Subject: [WISPA] Should content providers pay for standard access

> --- MarketWatch Quote ---
> "How do you think they're going to get to customers? Through a
> broadband pipe. Cable companies have them. We have them," said Ed
> Whitacre in a BusinessWeek Online interview. "What they would like to
> do is use my pipes for free. I ain't going to let them do that."
> He argued that because SBC and others have invested to build
> high-speed networks, they are due a return. [1]
> --/ MarketWatch Quote ---
>   It's a brave new world.  I'm hoping that this is a clueless person
> talking about a business he is in charge of but knows little about.  I
> fear that this is someone who has a feasible plan to accomplish what
> he describes.  I don't think that a telephone-model overlay on the
> Internet will satisfy many consumers, but if they don't have an
> alternative what are their options?
>   Hopefully, this will drive business to the WISPs, but I'm not sure
> that the consumers are well enough educated to make an informed
> decision and in many larger markets the LECs have driven us out of the
> picture by providing service for less than their cost.
>  - Tony
> [1]
> Original interview from Business Week (registration required):
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