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[ NNSquad ] Re: Upcoming conference on "Broadband Census for America"

Drew Clark wrote:

I'd like to respond to some of the issues raised by the recent e-mail of Brett Glass. (On Dave Farber's [IP], cross-posted to [nnsquad].)

I'm also a little confused by all this. I can see Brett's concerns, but at the same time, an ISP must _advertise_ in order to get customers. Word of mouth is good, but I don't think it's going to keep an ISP in business for long. And once they advertise, it shouldn't be that hard for the ILECs to find them and figure out where they do business -- and then take whatever anti-competitive actions occur to their beady little minds.

One option, of course, is for the small ISP to create a dummy corporation -- owned by the ISP itself or by its principals or officers. The dummy buys bandwidth from the ILEC, then resells it to the ISP. I suppose a diligent search would find this out, but I doubt if the ILECs stop to do this every time somebody comes and says, "I want a T3 line at (location)" or even "I want n GB/sec of ATM at (location)." Either it's routine enough that they will just sell it for whatever they sell it to "everybody else," or they will take the request for a lot of bandwidth as an indication of a competitor, and *always* raise the price through the roof. I doubt they need the info from Form 477.