prescot7, What is going on with Joe Klein? Why couldn't he have communicated, in previous negotiations, what he expected. He certainly would have gotten anything he wanted. After all, over the last two years, Bell Atlantic has given all comers, from competitors to regulators, whatever they wanted. Why would Joe Klein have been treated any differently? What would have been the point in singling him out for rejection? Did Joe actually not know, prior to this point in time, that he also wanted even more access to the local loop?
If someone wanted to be sure to cause an-attention-getting delay, would there have been a better way to it? Is this the kind of thing someone does to get a badly needed lift? Maybe something else isn't going right, like with another big high profile case? Maybe there was a bit of a delay there or an unexpected compromise? Life can be annoying like that. Might someone be holding a deck of cards that the rest of us can't see?
There have been many rumors out that ATHM was going to buy EVCI. ATHM and EVCI recently announced a co-marketing agreement.
Here is the thing, though. When EVCI announced co-marketing agreements with AT&T and Bell Atlantic, to co-market EVCI's high speed, interactive, video conferencing system, they made large announcements with lots of information. This is all that was to the ATHM announcement:
YONKERS, N.Y.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 22, 1999--Educational Video Conferencing, Inc. (Nasdaq: EVCI; PCX: EVI; BSE: EVI) has entered into a co-marketing agreement with Excite@Home to provide access to programs offered by EVCI's education providers over
Excite@Home's high speed Internet network.
I think there is more to this considering all of the other events that have been occuring with EVCI and the difference in the announcements of "all" of the other events compared to the "ATHM" announcement.