cr> satellites; veto?; credit discrimination


Richard Moore

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996
Sender: "David E. Anderson" <•••@••.•••>
Subject: ATT buys 2.5% of DirecTV

AT&T is investing $137.5 million in Hughes DirecTV, giving it a 2.5% stake
in the direct broadcasting service.  The arrangement will allow AT&T to
offer customers TV as well as long-distance telephone services, and charge
for both in a single bill.  The move is one more step in AT&T's plan to
provide one-stop-shopping for all communications services.  (New York Times
23 Jan 96 C1)


Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996
Sender: •••@••.•••
Subject: Re: cr> Telecom Companies' Costing Models Obsolete?

In a message dated 96-01-21 12:06:08 EST, you write:

>Good questions. I think Low-Earth-Orbit satellite communications will be
>the trigger.

Okay mayhap the members of this list can help me out, as I seem to have a
tech-talk deficiency here.  Please understand, I have about 3 years
experience in the  satellite communications industry (I work for R.L.Drake
Co, a world leader in Home Earth Station Reciever Technology) so the subject
matter I can deal with. What I really need is clarification. To my knowledge
Low Earth Orbit Satellites are not well suited to communications, be they
voice, TV, whatever, cue to thier rapid orbits. The lower the orbit, the
faster the orbit, thereby causing the satellite to disappear over the horizon
in a matter of a few minutes, or at least to my knowledge. Are we talking
geosynchronise (sp?) low earth satellites? Or just alot of fast moving
satellites timed to pop over the horizon at the same time one decends below
it? Any light you can shed on this situation would be appreciated.

R. Smith

Date: Tue, 23 Jan 1996
Sender: •••@••.••• (Marty Tennant)
Subject: Pressure President to veto the bill altogether?

>Has the time come to focus pressure on the President to veto the
>bill altogether?
>-Brennon M. Martin

After hearing the President urge the Congress tonight to pass the Telecom
Bill, I think a better approach is to rally around the worst features of the
bill and concentrate a grass roots effort at the legislative branch.

IMO, the part of the bill that most common people can relate to is the
provision relating to small business and entrepreneurs.   I would encourage
all concerned people to write (not email) their senators and representatives
and tell them to NOT vote for the bill unless it offers equal opportunity
for all.

Marty Tennant

Date: Wed, 24 Jan 1996
Sender: •••@••.•••
Subject: Re: Cyberqueer Credit Shafting (fwd)

In a message dated 96-01-21 16:13:11 EST, you write:

> "Go ahead laugh, it up. Convince yourself this is NO big deal."
>   "They will only do this to the Queers. I'm safe, right???"
>   On January 5, 1996 a merchant credit card application representative
>   informed The CyberQueer Lounge the premises needed to be searched for
>   unacceptable materials.

While I'm not gay, I can understand the absurdity of this demand on the
"Lounge". It seems to me that this company is deliberatly  singling this
particular group out, due to their implied association with the gay
community. Wouldn't they feel like shit if they gained access and found it
chock full of information on the US Navy's EA-6 aircraft, which due to it's
odd appearance has earned the unofficial nickname of "Queer". I think the
person(s) operating the Lounge could have saved themselves alot of headache
by informing the credit card company that thier system  was called The CQ
Lounge. Of course, the ACT UP folks will say that the sys-op(s) shouldnt have
to hide his/her/thier homosexuality. In public, no. In corporate America,
yes. Large corporations fear anything that is not baseball and apple pie.
Total acceptance of the gay community, like it or not, is still two steps
behind racial/sexual equality. People who wouldn't even dream of saying the
"N" word have no problem spouting off the "F" word (and Im not talking about
the one that rhymes with duck either). Its a creul world, and my friends, its
not getting "Kinder and Gentler" from where Im sitting.

Best Of Luck to the CyberQueer Lounge


PS- Maybe I have a dirty mind, but couldn't this thread be called a different
name? I mean "shafting", good heavens, my Cincinnati is showing.


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