I have been keeping my suspicions to myself, but after closely
examining exactly what it is that Pac*Bell has been installing in my
backyard lately, it would appear that the emperor has no clothes.
We have been hearing much about Pac*Bell's Information Superhighway and
many have believed that the infrastruction the company is now
installing to enable its entry into the cable TV business was a
necessary evil to get the greatly improved telephone services.
An examination of what has been proported to be "fiber" in my back yard
is nothing more than coaxial cable--the exact same sort of thing TCI
has back there to deliver cable TV. In other words, the antiquated and
totally inadequate outside plant that barely provides telephone service
in my neighborhood is going to continue to "perform" unassisted by this
new construction. I have tolerated work crews tromping around behind my
house in the vain belief that this work would someday improve my
telephone service. Apparently, not true.
So for those of you who would never entrust your telephone service to a
cable company, I have bad news for you. If you are a Pac*Bell customer,
you already ARE buying your phone service from a cable TV company. So
what I have behind my house now amounts to two separate cable TV
facilities (TCI and Pac*Bell), plus an antiquated telephone cable with no
So just when IS TCI going to offer dial tone?
John Higdon | P.O. Box 7648 | +1 408 264 4115 | FAX: