From: David Neary (bolsh at domain gimp.org)
Date: Mon 09 Sep 2002 - 12:52:57 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 what
> 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 the
> 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 been
> promised a response by this evening.
This is standard practice in France for cable & adsl modems too.
My choices were
1) Rent the modem for ¤10 a month, on top of service provision -
this included free upgrades in hardware as the network changed
2) Buy the modem from France Telecom for ¤200 or so. No other
options were available, because the service provision for cable
in Marseille is a Wanadoo monopoly (Wanadoo are owned by France
Telecom), and Wanadoo use the MAC address of France Telecom
provided modems as their subscriber ID.
With buying you don't get upgrades in the case of service
changes, or tech support.
-- David Neary, Marseille, France E-Mail: bolsh at domain gimp.org
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