The Maryland ISDN rate case in which the Consumer Project on Technology has been participating for the past several months recently concluded the hearing stage. Now you get your turn -- the public will have an important final opportunity to make its voice heard in favor of reasonably priced ISDN. Two meetings will be held and the Hearing Examiner whom will make the initial decision in this case, Robert McGowan, will be present to listen to the public's views.
In the MD ISDN rate case, CPT has been advocating for a simple Flat Rate or a Virtual Flat Rate (capped at 200 hours of 1B usage; 100 hours of 2B) for residential consumers--rather than Bell Atlantic's *7* rate pack options which we believe are confusing, cumbersome, and penalize over- and under-utilization of the pre-paid blocks of usage.
The MD Staff Counsel has basically sided with Bell Atlantic on the pricing of ISDN. The MD Office of People's Counsel, however, has advocated a $29 per month flat rate. CPT believes that this is a bit high. We think that a flat rate or a virtual flat rate should be in the range of $20-$25 per month. This rate would make Bell Atlantic's rates comparable to the rates charged by Ameritech (4 states), Bellsouth-Tennessee, PacBell, and others.
CPT's General ISDN Page
A public meeting will be held at the MD Public Service Commission at 7:30 p.m, 6 St. Paul Street, 16th Floor, Baltimore, MD. For persons interested in speaking at the meeting, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, registration will begin at 7:00 p.m.
A public meeting is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. at the Third Floor Council Hearing Room, Montgomery County Office Building, 100 Maryland Ave, Rockville, MD. For persons interested in speaking at the meeting, and we encourage everyone to take advantage of this opportunity, registration will begin at 7:00 p.m.
Daniel P Gahagan, Executive Secretary
Attn: Case No. 8730
Maryland Public Service Commission
6 St. Paul Street
Baltimore, MD 21202-6806
No deadline has been established yet but we recommend that you get your comments in by mid-January at the latest.
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