TELECOMMUNICATIONS: March of the Modem Mavens

March of the Modem Mavens

Executives in the information-services business are in a tizzy about a proposal by the Federal Communications Commission that would make it much more expensive to send and receive electronic data over telephone lines. More than 1.7 million household and business customers with computers subscribe to about 3,000 electronic-informati on services, which furnish everything from stock- price quotes to job listings. The information passes from the phone line to the computer through a connective device called a modem. These services are carried by data networks, which under the FCC plan would have to pay $4 to $5 an hour per user to...

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