Tuesday, November 15, 2005

BellSouth Releases Ridiculous GATC

BellSouth hurried the DSL GATC (Generally Available Terms & Conditions document) into the hands of the NSPs on 11/11 - to remind them that NSPs live and die on the benevolence of the Tele-Barons. Unless you own your own network or connectivity is a small piece of the pie, the next 12 months are going to be painful. The only constant is change, they say. (Come to the Expo to learn how to get started in Wireless, become a CLEC, or offer VoIP; just some of the skills we will be teaching in Tampa on 12/9-10). This is a temporary contract that must be signed by 1/26/06, but ordering a DSL circuit means you are following it. No more DSL Lite and no more 3MB for NSPs. (You can only get 3MB and 6MB DSL from BST.Net). There is no way this is allowable in the FCC Order # 05-150, In the Matters of Appropriate Framework for Broadband Access to the Internet over Wireline Facilities. But what can you do? Adapt and change.

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