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Ahh, but would it have the speed of a cable modem, or would it be just a matter of plugging your
old POTS modem into the cable telephone link, with no speed upgrade?

Darn good question. I think much depends on the nature of the device forming the connection. Since it is IP-based, however, I suspect it might not have the constraints we see with POTS. I can't believe, though, that it will rival cable modem throughput.

Perhaps we should keep an eye on AT&T's development of this service, especially the data aspect. From ATHM's perspective, we might hope that AT&T "de-emphasise" data over cable telephony.

You guys are on top of it for sure. This is the very question that I had after reading the link! Here is the way I see it. AT&T/TCI will open the telephony over cable (TOC) to AOL. That way Portland can't say that open access is an issue. What they will do is rollout ATHM cable internet services first, then add the TOC. That would still mean that ATHM would be first in. Once in with great service and content AOL will have a tougher time converting subscribers.

Of course you have to think that T will control the speed limit on TOC as well, making ATHM the premium service. The speed over TOC will be the key issue. If the speed on TOC is the same as internet over cable why did AT&T buy TCI with the caveat that the deal must include ATHM? There in lies your answer.

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