cr> re2: QUESTION of open net survival


Richard Moore

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996
Sender: CjBLacK <•••@••.•••>
Subject: Re:  QUESTION of open net survival

>I think there is consensus that reform is needed in the Telecommunications
Act of 1934,
>but at what price?

Excellent question!  But take note, the name is not the Telecommunications
Act of 1934, it is just the Communications Act of 1934.  It is obvious that
this thing needs some updating, as there is currently nothing on the books
regarding the Internet, the motherlode of all telecommunication.  The bill
cannot stay the way it is for much longer, which is why the current
discussion regarding the new laws is needed.

We have the wrong people writing the bills.  And I know that this makes a
lot of people angry.  And I also know that this would make a lot more people
mad if they knew what was going on.  It is just too bad that the many groups
that have banded together to combat the evil legislation that is being
proposed don't have the ability to somehow make the cause more public.  I
think that if more people had a clue, more people would fear losing their
own civil rights, regardless of whether they use the Internet or not.

This is not just an issue of limiting what can be transmitted across the
Internet, this is a matter of whether or not a bunch of old farts in
Washington can dictate to us what we see and hear and whether these
geriatrics can take something as hugely powerful as the Internet and tear it
down, piece by piece, until it is nothing but a wimpering sniveling
worthless commercially-enslaved boring entertainment piece, kind of like FM
Radio has become.


Date: 23 Jan 96
From: John Whiting <•••@••.•••>
Subject: cr> A QUESTION: will the open net survive?


Your question uncannily echoes my own thoughts. I came to the
Internet only last September through writing a history of KPFA,
the listener-supported, non-commercial radio station in Berkeley.
Recent changes in its structure and goals led to the opening of
a net forum for those who were concerned and apprehensive.

Then the Compuserve/Bavaria Caper opened my eyes to events which
others have been anticipating for some time. A chance referal to
your forum has telescoped the horror into a few short days. The
files I have accumulated chronicle, as if in time-lapse
photography,  the rise and fall of the Net as an exemplum of
creative anarchy. I feel like a passenger on the Titanic.

But these are conditions under which all sorts of artists, for
centuries, have maintained a tenuous continuity - a thread, if
you like - of optimism. "Two or three about the [Roman] temples,"
wrote Ezra Pound, "were enough to keep alive the old religions."



 Posted by Richard K. Moore (•••@••.•••) Wexford, Ireland
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