Level3 tries cell-phone style billing scam on customers

Wayne E. Bouchard web at typo.org
Thu Jul 31 19:34:29 UTC 2008

Hoping for a company which will put ethics above profit is like
looking for an honest politician. They're extremely rare.

On Thu, Jul 31, 2008 at 03:28:47PM -0400, Jamie A Lawrence wrote:
> On Jul 31, 2008, at 2:45 PM, Gadi Evron wrote:
> >Isn't malicious, just not very ethical. Having been on the recieving  
> >end a few times.. you don't always know it is happening.
> I'm not sure that's a useful distinction. I strongly doubt any vendor  
> has actual malice towards me (modulo some people I've pissed off at  
> times in panics). Ethics are what I hope for from partners, try to  
> demonstrate, and it is proven over time.
> That said, inventing random fees, hiding them as "taxes" or "federally  
> mandated something or other", and seeing what sticks to the wall in  
> order to get that tiny percent profit boost is not going to make any  
> friends in a network community. It works much better with cell  
> customers or unaware bean counters, but netops folks are going to see  
> it. L3 have given me reason to not like them in the past, and this is  
> just more of the same. The problem is that the big boys seem to be  
> racing to the bottom, so there isn't anyone better to which to defect.

Wayne Bouchard
web at typo.org
Network Dude

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