Overstating a position always carries a risk. The risk is that you might get called on it.
AT&T lobbyist Jim Cicconi is suggesting that Iowa RLEC's free calling schemes could cost the company a quarter billion dollars per year. Let's look at the facts.
- There are a few more than 150 Iowa RLECs.
- AT&T is suing exactly five of them in court.
- Seven of the RLECs affected by AT&T's bully tactics have gotten together and counter-sued… for $10 million in lost revenues. That represents about 4 months of revenue.
So, what's the story Jim? Let me guess… you're playing nice with the other 140 or so companies that are really costing you over $200 million, 'cause the guys you've filed suit against sure aren't.
A lawyer would describe Jim's statements as "unsubstantiated". That's a polite way of saying "what a load of bull".
Really cool mobile data applications pop up all the time in Europe, the US, and Asia. Canadians never seem to use them though. Ever wonder why? I'll give you a hint… wireless data plans are outrageously expensive here.
Here's a chart, courtesy of ThomasPurves.com, which will show you just how expensive. That's right, the cost to transfer 500M of data on Rogers is $1600. The first 200 megs are $100, and then after that the price rises to a steep $5/M. By jacking the price sky high on overage, the carrier can earn fat profits from the heaviest users. Pretty nifty trick, isn't it?