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  •  I respect you a lot, GSG... (4+ / 0-)
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    akeitz, kiri, AaronInSanDiego, dnta

    But this sounds a lot like "Get off my lawn!"

    I worked in related areas (Wide-Area Networking, interactive multimedia) from the mid 80s through the late 90s. As I remember, ISDN (especially BRI) failed for several reasons, among them:

    1) Too much time was spent ironing out the standards -- so much so that by the time they were done, many of the standards that they tried to be compatible with were already obsolete. (X.25, anyone?)

    2) Not nearly enough bang for the buck, especially as V.34 and (later) V.FAST/V.90 analog modems were introduced. (IIRC, many ISDN BRI service offerings limited the user to one 56KbPS B channel for downstream data. What's the point of paying oodles of money for an additional 4-12 KbPS?)

    3) Most importantly, you can't dictate what the market wants. Maybe it's silly to want VOD to really mean on demand, but it was clear back in the early 90s that that's where we were ultimately headed.

    I worked on proposals for systems that would have been set up much as you suggested. I and many of my colleagues were embarrassed that we couldn't offer better technology; we knew that the system, if it were to be built as we spec'd it out, would be obsolete within a few years.

    Oh, and how would ISDN-BRI have been "immune to the predatory social ecosystem that the internet has become"? I don't see that at all. Are you talking about Internet access through BRI? Who would have been the ISP, other than Ma Bell herself? Or do you think ISDN-BRI would somehow have displaced the Internet for something else -- and if so, what?

    Let us all have the strength to see the humanity in our enemies, and the courage to let them see the humanity in ourselves.

    by Nowhere Man on Mon Apr 16, 2012 at 01:56:42 PM PDT

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