Re: cr> alternative delivery systems

1996-04-25 Sender: Joe Shea <•••@••.•••> In response to our friend Arun’s query, I think there can be no doubt Congress was purchased lock, stock and barrel by telecom industry for the temporary purpose of passing the Telecom Dereg Act. You need only ask yourself, “Why did Congress suddenly become so interested in an area so … Read more…

cr> “Interconnection” and the Internet

1996-04-24 Sender: “Craig A. Johnson” <•••@••.•••> On April 19, the FCC gave its tentative answer to whether Internet telephony will soon be swept under new regulations which require access charges and tariffing. The answer is a qualified no, but the wall protecting Internet voice as an “information service” has scores of cracks, and may still … Read more…

cr> Re: Pointers from moderator

1996-04-24 Sender: •••@••.••• hi. the censorship-u part really bothered me. i would, under all other circumstances, be right up with the stoning line, pointing out how crude a person it would take to do that. once that line is crossed, however, we are all in trouble. if it becomes allowable for students to be reprimanded … Read more…

Re: cr> Telecom Regimes

1996-04-24 Sender: “Fred G. Athearn” <•••@••.•••> >>>>> “Richard” == Cyber Rights <•••@••.•••> writes: Richard> It’d be as if a building architect were to Richard> ignore the fact that a previous building on his Richard> site slid down the hill last time it rained. More like hiring the termites who ate the last building to design … Read more…

cr> Universal Service comments

1996-04-24 One of the central issues in networking is who will have access. Will it be based on ability to pay, or will there an attempt to make something like the Internet ubiquitous? The FCC began its massive job of implementing the universal service comments in the 1996 Telecom Act by forming a board to … Read more…

cr> New Open Cyber-Rights List – Please Join Us

1996-04-24 Sender: •••@••.••• (Marilyn Davis) NEW CYBER-RIGHTS LIST FOR ACTIVISTS Please join a public independent adjunct to CPSR’s cyber-rights list, not sponsored by CPSR, •••@••.•••, whose purpose is to facilitate working together as a group to find and implement plans to sway public opinion to the cause of cyber rights. This new list: * Will … Read more…

Re: cr> alternative delivery systems

1996-04-23 Sender: •••@••.••• (Audrie Krause) Arun Metha wrote: >Are you suggesting that large numbers of US Congressmen and President >Clinton were “bought”, and that is why they voted for telecom >deregulation? > >Don’t you think there might be a less sinister explanation? That they >thought deregulation would lead to greater competition which might be >better … Read more…

cr> Pointers from moderator

1996-04-23 An interesting list of international legal threats to privacy and other rights of computer users appears at: http://www.io.org/~sherlock/doom/threat.html The main site, http://www.io.org/~sherlock/doom/doom.html, is run by a Canadian organization called The Legal Group for the Internet in Canada. Jamie Love has posted a letter from the JRI Health Law Institute expressing objections to the medical … Read more…

cr> Telecommunications job cuts

1996-04-23 Sender: •••@••.••• (Glen Raphael) >”…telecommunications leads all other industries in job cuts….the major >phone companies have shed 200,000 jobs since 1992.” >The conventional >response is that whole new industries will arise from the new >technological possibilities and re-employ all these people–does >anybody see evidence of those jobs coming into being. Companies crash and burn … Read more…

cr> Counter-terrorism act

1996-04-23 (Introduction from moderator: I think it’s too late to do anything to prevent the bill from becoming law. It’s Clinton’s bill in the first place, and he’s already announced that he’ll sign it. But word is getting around that it’s a significant attack on civil liberties, so perhaps we’ll be better armed next time.–Andy) … Read more…