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A good article, especially regarding the CLEC alternative strategies.

But I think Mr Beck is focussed specifically on the telephony aspects of the cable connection. Other Fools may disagree, but I do not anticipate this being part of the @Home "package". I would expect that the cable company would offer both @home service and AT&T telephony as optional value-added services (VAS), rather than AT&T telephony being part of the @Home service.

Why? Because AT&T wants its service to be available to the 48% of homes that currently do not have a PC. Not all of these homes will want to rent or buy a fully-featured set-top box, but might be interested in renting a new phone if the price is right and it saves them money. This means that the telephony service must be available without the @Home package.

From this reasoning (and please, Fools, tell us if you disagree), I conclude that @Home will not themselves be offering telephony as a VAS, and that we are less likely to suffer directly from the problems Mr Beck anticipates.

(I realise that @Home might include a telephony interface on the PC, but this is of negligible value in comparison to the connection itself).

Am I a long way off base?
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