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Net Neutrality – be careful what you wish for

October 2, 2009
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As retribution for Martin Geddes and in the name of “what goes around comes around” for Google, in the irony of ironies, it is now AT&T claiming Google  is violating Net Neutrality laws. Tell me you didn’t see that coming. We also have Carl Ford asking “can the concept of ‘open’ be governed?” (see http://apps.calliflower.com/conf/show/58623)…

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Palin – really?

September 7, 2008
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Haven’t we already tried putting an inexperienced and ethically challenged Governor of a big-oil state into the White House?  How’s that working out for us? Lest we forget, have a gander at these: The List of Bush’s Lies and Policy Failures The List of Bush Scandals List of people pardoned by George W. Bush Bush’s…

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It’s official – I’m supporting Barak Obama

May 20, 2008
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It’s official – I’m supporting Barak Obama

For the record, and for what it’s worth, I’m backing Barak Obama in the 2008 presidential campaign. Those that know me, know I’m not a cheerleader for the democratic nor republican parties, in general. This is the first time in quite a while that I feel like I’m doing more than just picking the least…

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Clinton shows her colors

May 20, 2008
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Ms. Clinton has clearly showed us what to expect from a Clinton II presidency. She is taking a page out of the “big lie” book with her “new math” assertions that she is ahead in the “popular vote.” Is this really what we want in our next leader? We’ve had eight years of this kind…

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Obama Promises Net Neutrality

October 31, 2007
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According to ExtemeVoIP, presidential candidate Barack Obama has committed to supporting network neutrality. If elected to the White House next year, he says he will impose network neutrality mandates on broadband providers such as AT&T and Comcast. Obama said, if elected, he would appoint only pro-network neutrality Federal Communications Commission members. “I want to maintain…

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More historical perspective on net neutrality

July 16, 2006
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As the politics of the Internet have shifted over the past several years away from discussions of monopoly (or duopoly) control of the last mile (or first mile), the more it becomes clear to me that the telcos have achieved a powerful win. By even making the debate be about “net neutrality” the very nature…

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FBI asks for broad expansion of wiretapping laws

March 14, 2004
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As I predicted, the FBI has asked for new laws to facilitate broad snooping at broadband internet service provider facilities. The first question is what will this mean for end-to-end encryption. The FBI wants to force Vonage, 8×8, AT&T, and other broadband telephone providers to enable easy wiretapping, but what about pure P2P systems like…

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Plan for ‘terror market’ scraped before it got off the ground

July 29, 2003
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On Monday, the Pentagon announced a highly controversial plan for a terror futures market (see news story) that immediately drew harsh criticism. Accordind to AP “[Sen. Ron] Wyden said $600,000 has been spent on the program so far and the Pentagon plans to spend an additional $149,000 this year. The Pentagon has requested $3 million…

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