Show 30: Hail Caesar!
(Telecoms and Net Neutrality)

(July 19, 2006 program)

"In time of war the laws are silent."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero, Roman orator

 

Network neutrality (Wikipedia)

Net Neutrality FactSheet (Common Cause)

Net Neutrality Showdown! (Cnet news)

Protect the Net
No Private Toll Road

Center for Digital Democracy

Net Neutrality Amendment Shot Down

 

Hands Off The Internet
http://www.handsoff.org/
Members: AT&T, BellSouth, Cinergy, Cingular (AT&T), Alcatel, Cinergy Communications
Chairman: Mike McCurry (White House press secretary to President Bill Clinton (1995-1998)

McCurry on Huffington Post: here and here

Verizon: Net Neutrality Limits Broadband's Potential
Verizon official says Net neutrality rules would prevent innovative new services.

AT&T Posts Profit Increase Of 63.3 Percent

NEW YORK - (AP)- AT&T Inc. said Tuesday its earnings rose 63.3 percent in the first quarter, the first period it reported combined results after SBC Communications Inc.'s acquisition of AT&T Corp., which closed late last year.

Net income was $1.445 billion, or 37 cents a share, for the January-March period, up from SBC's earnings of $885 million, or 27 cents a share, in the same period last year.

Excluding the costs of SBC's acquisition of AT&T Corp. and Cingular Wireless LLC's acquisition of AT&T Wireless, earnings were 52 cents a share, beating the average estimate of analysts polled by Thomson Financial by 3 cents.

Revenue came to $15.8 billion, up 55 percent from $10.2 billion the previous year.

-- April 25, 2006

Watchdogs to FCC: Telecom Mergers A Disaster for Competition, Consumers

AOL, NTT marriage could change wireless Web

 

Internet History (Wikipedia)

 

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls

NSA Caught Spying Again
OMB Watch

Nation of Suspects in Land of the Free
by Steve Chapman, May 17, 2006

AT&T Wins New Global Networking Contract
Wednesday May 17, 2006

DuPont Selects AT&T to Manage Its Global Network
May 16, 2006


Verizon Business Completes Installation of Advanced Communications Network

City of Industry, CA --(www.FinancialNewsUSA.com)-- 05/17/2006 - Telecommunications industry news provided by Financial News USA. Verizon Business has upgraded the communications network for Argonne National Laboratory, one the U.S. Department of Energy's largest research centers. Verizon Business, through its Federal Network Systems (Verizon FNS) company, a leading service provider for the federal government, has completed installation of a new converged, Internet protocol (IP) network for this legendary laboratory. Buzz Technologies Inc. is pleased to announce it has officially become an Internet Service Provider (ISP) in Thailand. Under a recent agreement with CS LoxInfo (www.csloxinfo.com) Buzz Technologies is now officially a national ISP operator within Thailand. Through the agreement Buzz Technologies will now offer Dial Up, Broadband, ADSL and dedicated line connections throughout the country. Buzz infrastructure and support is extensive and by far the largest in Thailand.

 

Verizon revenue up, income down

May 2, 2006

Earnings per share were $1.63 billion or 56 cents per share, down from $1.76 billion or 63 cents a share in the first quarter of 2005. Excluding one-time items, earnings per share were 60 cents per share, the company said. Revenue was up to $22.74 billion, or 25 percent, from $18.18 billion in the year-previous quarter, before Verizon acquired MCI.

 

Stop ATT From Taking Your Web
By Robert B. Reich

 

[To Antony] "But what frightens me more than such imputations is the possibility that you yourself may disregard the true path of glory, and instead consider it glorious to possess more power than all your fellow-citizens combined - preferring that they should fear you rather than like you. If that is what you think, your idea of where the road of glory lies is mistaken. For glory consists of being regarded with affection by one's country, earning praise and respect and love; whereas to be feared and disliked, on the other hand, is unpleasant and hateful and debilitating and precarious. This is clear enough from the play in which the man said, 'Let them hate provided that they fear.' He found to his cost that such a policy was his ruin." "

-- Cicero, The First Philippic Against Marcus Antonius.

 

"Julius Caesar, with the pitiless insight of genius, saw that the constitution with its endless checks and balances prevented effective government, but like so many of his contemporaries Cicero regarded politics in personal rather than structural terms. For Caesar the solution lay in a completely new system of government; for Cicero it lay in finding better men to run the government and better laws to keep them in order."

-- Anthony Everitt, Cicero: The Life and Times of Rome's Greatest Politician, 2001.

 

Corporatocracy (Wikipedia)

Plutocracy (Wikipedia)

The death of the Internet
Pluralism
(Wikipedia)
"Pluralism is connected with the hope that this process of conflict and dialogue will lead to a definition and subsequent realization of the common good that is best for all members of society."