cr> Tennant: Telecom Bill & small businesses


Richard Moore

Date: Mon, 15 Jan 1996
Sender: •••@••.••• (Marty Tennant)
Subject: Action Alert Background Info

Hello to all CyberRights members.

I'd like to thank Craig Johnson for picking up my action alert from another
listserv and posting it here.  I just joined the list and would like to
introduce myself and the reason for my involvement in this critical issue.

First of all, I used to work in sales and marketing for Southern Bell and
AT&T for about ten years, so I know the way those folks think.  Right now
they are thinking like a 600 lbs gorilla, scared and staking out their

I also worked with Wang Labs for six years or so, working on local area
networks, computers, and voice data integration products.  This used to be a
great company to work for, until word processing and PC's became commonplace.

I am now out of high tech, working in low tech, but with some ideas on
innovative approaches to old problems that take the new technology to work.

The House Telecom Dereg Bill language is of utmost importance for anyone
currently in the ISP, computer, local area network, and related high tech
businesses.  If you want to play on a level field, you need the wording in
this bill.

It is imperative that all small business people realize that their rights in
an integrated computer and communications world will be taken away if the
Conference Committee language prevails.

I would like to challenge the group to make sure that all Senators and
Representatives in all States hear from you on this issue.  Please do this
via paper letters (not email), using the suggested wording, or something
more personal to you and your circumstances.

It is imperative that you understand the issue at hand.  Please make sure
you read the bill language carefully.

At no time has the FCC ever had any control over your destiny as an ISP, if
you are one.  Read the Conference Committee bill excerpt and see the
language that would allow the FCC to determine the opportunities that are
available to you in the future.  This is an incredible outrage.

If you aren't a business owner, but a consumer of communications products,
you should be outraged too.  The Conference Committee language would
restrict or ultimately deny you the innovative ideas that mainly come from
small information services companies.

Folks, don't take this one lying down.  Write the letters to your Senators
and Representatives NOW!!

The scuttlebutt on this bill is that it is trouble.  Don't become complacent
as a result of any rumors you've heard about the bill.

Make sure that this exclusionary wording becomes the reason small businesses
and consumers demand that the bill be changed or rejected totally.

Thank you for your support on this critical issue.

Marty Tennant in Myrtle Beach, SC


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