RBOC's on the move in Washington State

Hi all-

Below are excerpts from two articles published the same day, Tuesday, Feb
4, in the Seattle paper, the post intelligencer. In sum they give a nice
picture of telco/isp issues, including modem surcharge and metered access
service charges, as they play out in the Seattle market.

In the Business Section:

State Seeks More Data on US West Overloads

"State regulators yesterday told US West that it hadn't provided all the
information about recent problems with call overloads in downtown Seattle
and asked the utility to deliver more by next week." ....

"Much of the problem is blaced on the increasing popularity of the
Internet services such as America Online. ... Last week, the State asked
the phone company for its explanation. US West responded, but yesterday
regulators siad their answer wasn't good enough."

Glenn Blackmon with the Washington Utilities and Telecommunications
Commission was the drafter of the letter, addressed to US West VP Scott