Quantum Statement

The New Internet, the New World

Author Bruce Kushnick at the Half King, tonight 7PM

from Dan’s Realm and Domain

On Nov. 21, 1864 President Abraham Lincoln wrote a letter to Colonel William F. Elkins.

“I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. As a result of the war, corporations have been enthroned, and an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until all wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed. I feel at this moment more anxiety for the safety of my country than ever before, even in the midst of war.” – Abraham Lincoln

NPR’s Morning Addition was all over the $67 Billion buyout of Bellsouth by AT&T. If you’re as concerned about the future of broadband in this country, I urge you to come see Bruce Kushnick, author of The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal at The Half King beginning 7PM. He will be reading excerpts from the ebook. More Details, click here

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March 6, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Bruce Kushnick, Events, Internet Speed, New York City | Leave a comment

hells bells

There is a lot of chatter going on about the $67 Billion merger of AT&T and Bellsouth.

Although this story has generated a lot of news, an even bigger story has been largely ignored. After the Telecommunications Act of 1996 was passed, the Telecos made a deal with Congress in which they promised to deliver a 45Mbps fiber network to the United States. In exchange, they were given billions in regulatory rip-offs and permitted to gouge the consumer. We know how the story ends: Bells didn’t install the fiber network; they kept Ma Bell’s old copper wire that they said they would remove; the U.S. ranks 19th in overall Internet speed (beating out Slovenia).

My friend, Bruce Kushnick, documented the whole scandal in The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal, a documentary ebook. Bruce will be reading excerpts from the book at The Half King in Chelsea (NYC) Monday 3/6/06 at 7PM. Details here.

March 5, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Events, Internet Speed, New York City | Leave a comment