Level3 tries cell-phone style billing scam on customers

Patrick W. Gilmore patrick at ianai.net
Thu Jul 31 19:50:55 UTC 2008

On Jul 31, 2008, at 3:34 PM, Wayne E. Bouchard wrote:

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

I'm just looking for a company that looks past the next quarterly  
investor call.  Because then at least some ethics come into play.   
Doing things like this will have longer term effects, and they won't  
be positive.


> 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
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> Network Dude
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