[TUHS] V7 Addendem [ really lawyers and AT&T consent decree ]
clemc at ccc.com
Thu Dec 7 04:54:44 AEST 2017
On Wed, Dec 6, 2017 at 1:49 PM, Jon Steinhart <jon at fourwinds.com> wrote:
> There's another aspect of this that I think that many people misunderstand
> which is that Judge Green gave AT&T exactly what they wanted. AT&T knew
> that in the future the money was in data and were willing to trade their
> monopoly for that business. From their perspective, it worked. For the
> rest of us, not so good.
> Some of us remember the days in which phones were reliable and you could
> understand the person on the other end. Or when your phone lasted 60+
> years. Or the current debate about whether it's ok to eliminate exchange
> powered phones that work in an emergency.
> During the primaries when Ted Cruz would stand up and hold a dial phone
> and say "this is what government regulation got you" I always thought
> "Yeah, give me more of that. It's 60 years old, still works better than
> what you can get today, and if you hurl it across the room it'll still
> work which is more than you can say for anything made post-split."
> Not to mention it ended one of the best research labs in history.
Amen brother Jon....
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