Re: 56K / X2 pricing

Joe Bissot ( )
Thu, 19 Jun 1997 22:59:42 -0700

It is not price fixing, unless they control a market. If a third viable
alternative is available that is a non competition agreement and bad business.

At 09:51 AM 6/19/97 -0400, you wrote:
>At 08:37 AM 6/19/97 -0400, you wrote:
>>That is correct; price fixing would only apply if the participants were
>>large enough to control an entire market, such as AT&T, MCI, Sprint in long
>>distance service..
>Um, no..
>If two gas station owners get together over coffee or on a mailing list and
>decide that premium is going to go for $1.49, that's price fixing. It has
>*nothing* to do with free speech or the forum on which it's conducted. If
>the *intent* is to offer similar pricing it doesn't matter where or how or
>why or who. If you agree with *any* of your competitors to offer equivalent
>pricing, that's price fixing. And you pay a fine and/or go to jail..
>You're certainly allowed to *watch* the competition to see how they price
>their products and services. You can even match them to the penny. But when
>you go across the street and say "How about $1.49?" then you've stepped
>over the line..
>If two ISPs decide that $20/call is what they're going to charge for tech
>support calls, *that's* price fixing too. And you pay a fine and/or go to
>If you don't believe me call your lawyer. If you don't have one, get one..
>And if you're going to talk about price setting, don't do it on a public
>and traceable forum such as this list. Do it over coffee. Best of luck to
>you. :)
>Can we end this discussion now?
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