Thursday, September 14, 2006

Broadband For America

Senator Gordon Smith Presents his Broadband for America Act of 2006

Senator Gordon Smith Presents his Broadband for America Act of 2006
Bill Aspires to Clear the Path for More Affordable Broadband Networks

Joscelin Cooper on April 27th, 2006

Senator Gordon H. Smith (R-OR) addressed the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association’s Legislative and Policy Conference earlier this week, and took the opportunity to present his Broadband for America Act of 2006. The Act is a streamlined piece of legislation that seeks to overhaul the Telecommunications Act of 1996 and offer a targeted address of four critical issues.

Senator Smith hopes that the brief and focused nature of the bill will allow it to pass quickly through the Senate in order “to promote the construction of new broadband networks in rural America.”

Senator Smith remarks on the objectives of the proposed act: “Leaving outdated laws on the books stalls job creation and inhibits the introduction of wireless technology that can be utilized in parts of America today’s technology will never reach. Today’s laws choke job creation with regulation and hold back innovation that proves time and time again to improve consumer’s options.”

The bill includes legislation that will affect wireline video regulations and ease provider's entrance to the market. This point is intended to relieve wireline video providers of having to negotiate franchise agreements with cities and towns. It also introduces new legislation for municipal broadband that will allow “municipalities to band together and offer affordable broadband service in areas where private companies cannot or will not provide service.

Web of Deceit: How Internet Freedom Got the Federal Ax, And Why Corporate News Censored the Story

by Elliot D. Cohen, Ph.D.

The days are now numbered for surfing an uncensored, open-access Internet, using your favorite search engine to search a bottomless cyber-sea of information in the grandest democratic forum ever conceived by humankind. Instead you can look forward to Googling about on a walled-off, carefully selected corpus of government propaganda and sanitized information "safe" for public consumption. Indoctrinated and sealed off from the outer world, you will inhabit a matrix where every ounce of creative, independent thinking that challenges government policies and values will be squelched. Just a wild conspiracy theory, you say? No longer can this be rationally maintained.

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  • Tuesday, September 12, 2006

    ~Vote for the man~Not for the party~

    My Fellow Oregonians

    I am a bit worried about the upcoming elections. Please consider that we need honest and responsible people in the US Senate. It is indeed terrible that my friend Joe Lieberman lost in the Connecticut primary election and is running as an Independent. Of course...It is about the man and not the party, and I ask as your senator that you keep this in mind in the upcoming elections...

    Lieberman-Lamont battle goes to D.C.
    By David Cook

    WASHINGTON – Ned Lamont, the wealthy businessman who last month defeated incumbent Sen. Joseph Lieberman in Connecticut's Democratic primary, came to Washington Wednesday to line up support for the general election. But he began the day at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters taking verbal shots at his opponent.

    Reporters asked Mr. Lamont to weigh in on Senate Democrats' plan to call for a no-confidence vote on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. One journalist posed a hypothetical question: What if Senator Lieberman were asked to fill the post - would a future Senator Lamont vote to confirm him?

    September 12, 2006
    Bush Job Approval at 39%
    Congressional job approval, national satisfaction still low

    by Joseph Carroll


    PRINCETON, NJ -- A new Gallup poll finds little change in the public's approval ratings of President George W. Bush and Congress, along with Americans' overall satisfaction with the course of the nation. About 4 in 10 Americans currently approve of the job Bush is doing, 29% of Americans approve of the way Congress is handling its job, and 32% of Americans say they are satisfied with the way things are going in the country at the present time.

    Saturday, September 09, 2006