MFS WorldCom/WilTel/LDDS

Michael Dillon michael at
Thu Aug 29 02:55:38 UTC 1996

On Wed, 28 Aug 1996, Edward Henigin wrote:

> 	The point remains:  flat rate systems will operate to discourage
> resource use, metered rate systems will encourage resource use.  When
> was the last time AT&T suggested you *not* make that LD call?

Who cares about AT&T? When was the last time that your spouse encouraged
you to make that LD call? 

>From the user viewpoint, flat-rates encourage resource use and metered
rates discourage it. This is widely found to be the case in the ISP
industry. The closer an ISP is to pure flat-rate pricing the more problems
they have with resource shortages, mainly dialup lines and modems but
sometimes server capacity and T1's if their flat-rate pricing extends to
server-based services like WWW servers.

Michael Dillon                   -               ISP & Internet Consulting
Memra Software Inc.              -                  Fax: +1-604-546-3049             -               E-mail: michael at

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