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Monday, May 18, 2015

Bundling a loophole

I thought Managed Internal Broadband Services (MIBS) was a messy loophole through which service providers will try to force all sorts of things.  Here comes a prime candidate: Sprint has launched a service that seems to be called OfficeFuel or WorkPlace-as-a-Service (WPaaS).  It is a full-service MIBS offering, but since it's Sprint, of course it also includes voice and mobile data.  As if figuring out MIBS weren't difficult enough, now we're going to get differently eligible services.  The cost allocation possibilities are extreme. The voice portion is eligible, but at a reduced discount.  And hey, if Sprint is running the whole show, they'll be able to show what portion of your cell phone's data goes through Wi-Fi, and since the cost of your cellphone data plan will be part of the monthly per-user fee, will mobile data creep back in?

Ugh, MIBS.

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