Last Mile QoS WAS: RE: QOS or more bandwidth

Jeff Mcadams jeffm at
Tue May 29 23:32:39 UTC 2001

Also sprach Sean M. Doran
>| ... QoS just doesn't seem to fit in the same phrase as "phone
>| company"

>Au contraire.  Phone companies, especially monopolistic ones,
>absolutely LOVE QoS and higher-than-strictly-needed quality standards
>for applications BECAUSE they are tremendously expensive.   There is no
>better way to exclude competiton than by developing a regime in which
>authorities enforce artificial and costly standards compliance.
>Whether it's in the name of "consumer protection" or "protection of the
>network", this type of thing is simply what phone companies _do_.

And a similar, though not identical, concept is that most services
tariffed at the state level have prices that are largely set based on
the cost of providing the service, using an obscenely expensive product
to do the same thing that a reasonably inexpensive product will do is
just a way to inflate the cost justification of a product, and,
consequently, how much money they can get the state utility commission
to rubber stamp for their prices.

Fortunately, some commissions seem to be wising up to this to some
degree (Kentucky's seems to be wising up somewhat...seemingly much to
BellSouth's chagrin)

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