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The New Internet, the New World

“When Whitaker says ‘free’ he’s not talking about beer…”

“…It’s our Freedom of Speech that’s at stake here.”

I apologize for linking to BoingBoing posts all the time. This is the last one this week I promise. Via BoingBoing, David Isenberg of “Stupid Network” fame wrote a Dr. Seuss style poem explaining Network Neutrality. I can’t think of a better way to illustrate a confusing and arcane subject …except possibly a Youtube Video?

Now the law has a flaw, or so they say
So the telcos send our data to NSA
As if we’re all Osama and we might get away

There’s also a podcast (link to mp3)

Technorati Tags: video, Network Neutrality, Net Neutrality, YouTube, video

May 10, 2006 Posted by | Internet, Internet Speed, net neutrality, technology, video, youtube | Leave a comment

How to break the back of the Internet

Strange and gifted, fifty-eight year old author Bruce Kushnick of Teletruth.org made some startling prognostications about the future of the Internet. At a conference held in DC called Freedom to Connect, Kushnick railed against the Bells for scrapping the deployments of numerous fiber optic Internet infrastuctures around the country even though they promised a highspeed network. Notes of his talk are posted on DanaBlankenhorn.com. These are frightening in their implications, given the recent defeat of an amendment [via] to The Telecommunications Act that would have prevented the Bell(s) from commodotizing bandwidth on the Internet’s network backbone. It suggests that some time in the near future, The Bells will be making an already slow Internet even slower for those content creators who cannot afford to utilize their HOV lane on the information superhighway. Reminds me of the bit by comedian Patton Oswald describing the end of the world.

F—ing volcanoes spewed menstrual blood into the sky and it formed into Avril Lavigne’s face and she recited the ‘Good Will Hunting’ screenplay and the words turned into sentient razors that bored into your flesh, and George Bush was president, and mediocrity held sway! [via]

Full Disclosure: I am a volunteer for Teletruth.org

Technorati Tags: Net Neutrality Broadband

April 9, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Bruce Kushnick, Internet Speed, net neutrality | 8 Comments

I want some drink -I mean juice.

Last night, I videotaped Bruce Kushnick’s book reading at the Half King. It wasn’t actually a book reading. Witness Kushnick the Bell-evangelist preaching against the evil Bell companies. Bruce Kushnick’s book, The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal is not available in fine book retailers. If you don’t like reading a pdf file, go to your local Kinko’s for Christ.

March 7, 2006 Posted by | Authors, Humor, Internet Speed, New York City, youtube | Leave a comment

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

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