Date: Sun, 2 Dec 2001 15:49:55 -0500 (EST)
From: Sean Donelan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> AT&T couldn't move people off of @home because there was still a valid
> contract in place, until Excite broke it and turned off service.
I don't know if Excite@Home had a different contract with AT&T, but
Charter Communications moved 90% of its subscribers to a different
upstream by Saturday. Charter's spokeperson said they only had a few
thousand subscribers left on @Home. Charter's VP said they had teams
working for the last two months in preparation for the cutover.
Charter's actions seem to demonstrate that when management thinks its
important to get the job done, it gets done.
If Charter could do it, I would expect other providers could have done
it, if their management wanted to do it.
Not really. Cox, Comcast, and TCI (now AT&T) signed up as initial
partners of @Home with equity stakes and exclusive contracts that
prohibited using any other Internet service until some time in
2002. (June, if I remember correctly.)
Many other, mostly smaller cable companies signed up with @Home, but
were only customers and they ha contracts that did not prohibit other
service. In other words, the contracts could be terminated with notice
from either side while the AT&T contract could be cancelled only by
mutual agreement. The bankruptcy judge can an did terminate this
agreement, so AT&T could start switching over at 12:01 am on
12/1. Customers in Washington and Oregon are already converted. The
latest guess for the SF Bay area (where AT&T is the dominate cable
provider by a huge margin) is supposed to be switched over by some
time on Tuesday, although there is so much work to be done here that I
find it hard to believe that they will be ready by then.
In the meantime the bond holders seem to have reduced the value of
@Home's assets to about a quarter of what they were last week. The
idea that they would come out head in this totally baffles me nd how
they convinced a judge to agree with them is a bit surprising, too.
Sending from a dial-up connection.
R. Kevin Oberman, Network Engineer
Energy Sciences Network (ESnet)
Ernest O. Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab)
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