From: Brian O'Donoghue (Brian.ODonoghue at domain kbs.ie)
Date: Mon 09 Sep 2002 - 12:40:01 IST
> On a related note, I asked also about DSL modems. The Eircom person said
> that you MUST purchase equipment from them if you want one of the lower
> grades of DSL service. Bad enough that we have to pay at least 3 times
> the rest of Europe pays for our DSL service but they also want to force us
> to pay ripoff rates for equipment. As it is my understanding that tying
> provision of telecoms service to the provision of equipment is now not
> allowed because of telecoms deregulation (such as it is in this benighted
> land) I have raised a question on this matter with the ODTR and I have
> promised a response by this evening.
Sorry but that sounds like crap.
Eircom is not Microsoft, it can't 'force', it's clients to use it's ripoff
hardware , not for long for sure.
Of course it can use some FUD to try and scare people into using Eircom's
hardware, or just lie/bamboozle their clients into the same, but I doubt
Eircom forcing it's hardware down the throats of it's clients will hold up
to scrutiny in court.
Palladium coming to a PC near you sometime soon.
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