Newsfilter: The US House Committee on the Judiciary today approved
the Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act (HR 5417
) in a vote of 20-12, helping to improve the provision of equal network service regardless of who receives it, without added surcharges, along with other antitrust measures. Carriers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon suggest no problem exists that requires this legislative solution, despite pushing their lobbyists hard
to get Congress to enact opposing laws, and suggesting that prioritizing network traffic is required to develop newer products, such as high-definition video
. Meanwhile, the FCC continues to encourage mergers
while prices for telecommunications products continue to rise at rates manyfold higher than inflation
, despite price gouging provisions enacted in the Telecommunications Act of 1996
posted by Mr. Six
on May 26, 2006 -
Internet: Freedom or Privilege?
David Isenberg: "Just as Freedom of Speech means that, with very few limitations, nobody has the right to tell somebody else what to say, so should Internet freedom mean that gatekeepers should not control Internet applications or content. This is essential not just as a matter of freedom, but also as a matter of commerce, because the Internet’s success is directly due to its content-blindness. If the United States fails to understand this, U.S. Internet leadership will follow U.S. leadership in agriculture, in steel, in autos, and in consumer electronics to other countries that do."
posted by sswiller
on Jan 24, 2006 -
New FCC head seeks to quietly gut independent DSL carriers.
FCC Chairman Kevin Martin has circulated a proposal that would eliminate the requirement of phone companies to lease their phone lines to competitors, effectively cutting the throat of independent DSL carriers
such as Covad, and their customers, such as EarthLink, AT&T, Concentric, AOL, and Sprint. The Telecommunications Act of 1996
gave Baby Bells the right to sell long distance service in exchange for opening up their networks to the public. Now the Bush administration are poised to undo this, killing a multibillion dollar industry, and giving monopoly control back to the Baby Bells, who aren't quite so small anymore, thanks to corporate mergers. If you like having all the broadband choices you currently have, you may want to contact the FCC commissioners
, toot sweet.
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jul 26, 2005 -
Remembering the crazy dot-com boom.
In November of 1998, a small California Internet provider named AvTel Communications announced they were providing local ADSL service to the community via a typical (and innocent, at least so it was thought) corporate press release. Business wires
completely mis-interpret the release, CNBC talks about it on air, then clueless investors hoping to get rich quick start throwing money at the stock causing the stock price to rise an amazing 1284% in one day
before trading is suspended. After several class-action suits
, and a company re-name
, the company managed to survive the hoopla, but only barely. Now they're being de-listed
like yesterday's trash. Did something like this ever happen to a company for whom you worked? Let's share! (Yeah, I worked there then.)
posted by WolfDaddy
on Sep 12, 2002 -
about ways in which telecom companies can take what they have and make it more profitable as opposed to pie in the sky broadband/lifestyle schemes. Some cool ideas.
posted by zeoslap
on Aug 27, 2002 -
Qwest Finds Buyer For QwestDex The buyer is a group led by the Carlyle Group and Welsh Carson Anderson & Stowe.
The question is: Why does an investment firm that primarily deals in Defense Contracts want a phone directory company? Tell me I'm just being paranoid.
posted by bas67
on Aug 20, 2002 -
What's So American About American Culture? Richard Pells
launches a spirited attack on the notion that American culture dominates the world, noting how almost all its sources are European, which would explain why "American culture has never felt all that foreign to foreigners
". As a sideline and a Sunday provocation
, I suggest to you that, apart from medicine, computers and entertainment(movies; music; web sites) Europe is either as good
as America(art; literature; architecture; universities; publishing)or a damn sight better
: telecommunications; TV; cars; pharmaceutical products; food and drink; luxury goods...In fact, America and Europe complement each other quite perfectly. Though we win in the end, of course, because we're much better
at appreciating this symbiosis. If only because know and enjoy more American stuff than you Americans do European stuff. So there
posted by MiguelCardoso
on May 12, 2002 -
Your Phone Number Touch Tones Are Copyrighted!
Not to mention the touch tone sequence to just about any other phone number you'll ever dial. You've got two choices: a) Pay a licensing fee, or b) throw all your telecommunications equipment away.
Brilliant. Wish I had thought of it.
posted by tpoh.org
on Oct 4, 2001 -