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Re: @Home ordered to shutdown at Midnight

  • From: Derek J. Balling
  • Date: Sun Dec 02 10:36:48 2001

At 3:37 AM -0500 12/2/01, Sean Donelan wrote:
On Sat, 1 Dec 2001, Matthew S. Hallacy wrote:
 I've had no problems, apparently some people are on AT&T @Home, while
 others are on AT&T Broadband, I am an AT&T Broadband customer, some of
 my friends (Atlanta, Seattle) are AT&T @Home customers who no longer
 have access, AT&T claims that everyone who lost access lastnight will
 be online with AT&T Broadband within ~10 days.
Dumb question.  If AT&T knows it will take them 10 days to fix their
network, why didn't they start 11 days ago?  If AT&T had done that, it
would have been finished already.  I guess I will never understand
the logic used by telephone companies.

On the other hand, I don't understand what this gets [email protected]'s
creditors.  Once AT&T transfers its subscribers to a new network, why
does it need @Home's network assets.  Over the next 10 days, @Home's
value to AT&T drops to zero.
Because AT&T didn't have the right to break the contract (by essentially "Stealing" @H customers), only [email protected] had that discretion (as the party to whom the contract was "unbearable"). So until AT&T's contract expired or was terminated, AT&T had to stick to it, but now that the contract is terminated, they can haul ass converting the users over to their own system.

At least that's my non-lawyer interpretation, given the various stories I've read. :-)


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