Art Alexion on 13 Feb 2009 09:18:18 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Verizon bureaucracy gone wild

On Friday 13 February 2009 10:32:48 am Doug Crompton wrote:
> While this indeed is extremely stupid it does not get to the point of what
> bundling and non competition have done to high speed internet. In many
> areas FIOS is, or will be, the only practical option. The question is why
> does anyone need verizon phone service period! But FIOS, I think, requires
> phone service as a minimum, locking you into a rate structure, or at least
> a future rate structure, that is ridiculous compared to the alternatives.

I was just talking to someone at work about this.  We moved into my 
neighborhood in 1985.  It is an old neighborhood.  Our house was built in 
1923, and it is in the middle in age range for the neighborhood.

Since 1985, we have experienced an average of 2-3 electrical outages per year.  
In contrast we have never — *never* — experienced a phone outage.  That 
experience got me in trouble with my boss' boss who decided to install VoIP in 
some new space we built.  I called it a solution in search of a problem.  It 
did not go over well.  

I make most of my calls over cellular these days, and that is where family and 
friends normally reach me.  That said, I have no intention of getting rid of 
my hugely reliable land line in the foreseeable future.

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