Saturday, March 03, 2007

Net Neutrality Update-AT&T wins again

Remember the days of yore when activists in Michigan fought AT&T's efforts to basically take over our communications systems? Remember the term "net neutrality?" Remember when Granholm was being seduced by the promise of jobs for Michigan if only she would approve the Republican-led legislature's desire to become one with AT&T? Ah, those were the days.
Well AT&T is still out there spending money to buy legislators, creating phony grassroots organizations (aka: Astroturf), and generally having a good time having its way with American consumers as they sleep.

Around the time AT&T was leaving the connubial bed in Michigan and eyeing Missouri and a few other states, it was given a gift by its friends at the FCC when its merger with Bell South was approved. This was after AT&T promised not to mess around with net neutrality for two whole years; a kind of merger pre-nuptial where the groom swears to the bride's father that he (the groom) will be faithful for two years, then it's Katie bar the door!

More recently, AT&T has worked its magic in Missouri, Maryland, and Georgia, with a mixture of Astroturf and promises that it knows will not be kept. At least Georgia made some money on the deal; 500 million for the legislature’s blessing.

Meanwhile, back in Washington, the House Subcommittee on Telecommunications and the Internet was told by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, that protecting Net Neutrality should be one of their top priorities.

Stay tuned (while you can) for more exciting updates.


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