Telecom Doublespeak, Network Neutrality And Rewriting The Rules

from the it-all-comes-together dept

As we've hit the 10th year mark on the Telecom Act of 1996 and people are finally realizing it's time for a rewrite, it seems that rather than serious discussions about what needs to be done, we're getting spin and doubletalk from paid shills -- paid for by telcos who are trying to claim that this is about "choice." That's rather amusing, because the point that others are making is that the whole reason this is a problem is because there is no real choice, in that the telcos have been able to cut out all of the real competition -- even in cases where they got all sorts of government assistance in exchange for promises to keep the competition around. It appears, however, that the paid shills have successfully convinced FCC chief Kevin Martin (apparently the way to his heart is to sing him Happy Birthday). He's now been quoted, once again, as saying that there's no reason to worry about network neutrality because there's no evidence that the telcos are doing anything. Apparently, he hasn't been listening to Verizon, AT&T and BellSouth, who haven't missed an opportunity in the past few months to say very publicly that they're doing everything they can to end network neutrality on their networks.
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    John Valenti, 9 Feb 2006 @ 1:17pm

    Telco's and their skulldugery... Re: Make Some Noi

    I have some experience with the telco's. I worked for Teleport Communications Group aka (TCG); later purchased by AT&T. I then worked with AT&T, and Pacific Bell; later to become SBC. Technically, I have worked for four telco's from 1995 to 2002. I have been in some major conference rooms overhearing many a discourse regarding their various stratagem. I can say this emphatically... The telco's are NOT to be trusted. They are well established, manipulative with the press, their stock holders, the public at large, the government, and their customer base. Not to mention most of their employees. Any thinking person should clearly find the big players i.e.: SBC/AT&T, Verizon/GTE, and the various Baby Bells as a group with very vested interests. The idea of neutrality from such entities in almost anything involving commerce is rediculous and absurd to say the least. They have been fighting voice over ip for years trying to delay the technology from being deployed and available in the public sector for years. This stuff was available years ago. At&T was rushing as quickly as possible to develop other business sources as they have known for sometime that Long Distance (LD) was a dyeing business as they knew it. I strongly recommend finding ways to support Google, Vonage, Skype, and other high-end technologies. I say this because I know them to be the best way to strategically compete with the established "good 'ol boys" of communication. They want control over the Internet and more because that give them an atvantage in their established marktet places. These guys are crooks - with pens. Get Cable Internet, get Vonage, and cancel your land-line, unless of course 911 and life-line services are a major part of your daily routine. :)

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