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Friday, April 28, 2006


APRIL 28, 2006

An amendment, designed to put net neutrality in to written law, was rejected by the House Energy and Commerce Committee while debating a telecommunications reform bill today. The Markey amendment, offered by Representative Ed Markey (D-Mass), would prohibit broadband providers from blocking or slowing their customers' connections to Web sites or services that compete with services offered by the providers. Giant communications corporations, such as Comcast, BellSouth, Verizon, AT&T,and others oppose the net-neutrality laws and are lobbying to defeat any attempts at such legislature.

The Republican Party, which day-after-day denies that it is the "party of Corporate American", proved once again that it indeed is that party, as only one Republican on the committee voted against the amendment. The vote was 34-22 in favor of rejecting the proposed amendment to the telecommunications reform bill.

What does this mean to you? If the big corporations have their way, they will be able to limit the access to companies that won't pay to be in the "fast lane" and companies that compete with them. Everyone from the millions of Google users to the independent voices of bloggers will be affected.

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This is a statement of opinion by Dennis Melancon, Jr. If you disagree, I invite your reply!

Thursday, April 27, 2006

FEMA: Another Victim of Hurricane Katrina

FEMA: Another Victim of Hurricane Katrina
APRIL 27, 2006

Being from the New Orleans area, I have a particular distrust in the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). It's inability to react to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina opened my eyes to the inadequacies of the agency; the foremost being the leadership of former FEMA Director Mike Brown.

After a seven-month Congressional investigation, a bi-partisan Senate panel returned eighty-six recommendations today, all which will be included in the Senate panel's full report to be issued next week. But the outlook is already clear...
Senate Panel Recommends Abolishing FEMA
I agree with the idea to tear down FEMA and start anew. As the panel stated...
"The United States was, and is, ill-prepared to respond to a catastrophic event of the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina," said the recommendations. "Catastrophic events are, by their nature, difficult to imagine and to adequately plan for, and the existing plans and training proved inadequate in Katrina."
The issue to consider is the timing of this recommendation. Just over a month before the beginning of the hurricane season, is it a good idea to disband FEMA?

No. FEMA, although a failure in most regards, does provide some relief. Thousands of people affected by Katrina did get a voucher card to buy some necessities after they had to leave everything behind, and FEMA did put many people in hotels. And, although slow in progress, FEMA is putting people without a home into trailers.

It's true that FEMA has to die. As the Senate panel admitted; the agency does need a complete overhaul from the bottom up. But can FEMA be placed on life-support until after the hurricane season? I believe it can, and I believe it should. If we do nothing now, will we be any worse off?

This is a statement of opinion by Dennis Melancon, Jr. If you disagree, I invite your reply!

Wednesday, April 26, 2006

The Hidden Underside of the Chinese Economic Boom

APRIL 26, 2006

It amazes me that so much press went to the fact that a White House announcer announcing the arrival of Chinese President Hu Jintao mistaken refered to the nation as "the Republic of China"—the formal name for Taiwan, but nothing is said of the injustices that plague the underpriveledged Chinese. Below is a video, courtesy of SKYNews, showing the lengths that the government, together with corporate business, goes to screw-over their own citizens.

Courtesy of SKYNews.

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This is a statement of opinion by Dennis Melancon, Jr. If you disagree, I invite your reply!

Monday, April 24, 2006


APRIL 25, 2006

Capitalism is a funny thing. It makes people work for something, but at the same time makes people greedy. Case in point is the "two-tiered system" that some internet providers are asking Congress to allow.

Verizon, Comcast, Bell South and other communications are spearheading a plan to control where you go on the Internet, how fast you get there, and how much you pay for the service? They want to privatize our Internet! The big CEOs of these huge companies actually want to begin imposing a new scheme for the delivery of Internet content, a plan that would increase cost for all of us--from content providers to individual users. Industry planners are mulling new subscription plans that would further limit the online experience, establishing "platinum," "gold" and "silver" levels of Internet access that would set limits on the number of downloads, media streams or even e-mail messages that could be sent or received.

To ward off the prospect of virtual toll booths on the information highway, some new media companies and public-interest groups are calling for new federal policies requiring "network neutrality" on the Internet. Common Cause, Amazon, Google, Free Press, Media Access Project and Consumers Union, among others, have proposed that broadband providers would be prohibited from discriminating against all forms of digital content. For example, phone or cable companies would not be allowed to slow down competing or undesirable content.

Besides their business interests, telephone and cable companies also have a larger political agenda. Both industries oppose giving local communities the right to create their own local Internet wireless or wi-fi networks. They also want to eliminate the last vestige of local oversight from electronic media--the ability of city or county government, for example, to require telecommunications companies to serve the public interest with, for example, public-access TV channels. The Bells also want to further reduce the ability of the FCC to oversee communications policy. They hope that both the FCC and Congress--via a new Communications Act--will back these proposals.

Fortunately, media rights activists are fighting--and winning--battles to ensure that more, not fewer, are given access to the web. One of the major fronts in the fight to equalize Internet access has been the effort to provide universal wireless service, and cities across the nation are rapidly embracing WiFi-for-all initiatives. Of course, big telecom lobbyists are fighting tooth and nail to eliminate these programs, and have already helped to create laws in 14 states making it illegal for cities to build their own wireless grids. Louisiana is one of these states, and in New Orleans--where free Wi-Fi access was made available in the wake of Katrina--big telecom is trying to shut down this critical source of communication for desperately needy residents.

The struggle for Community Internet has moved from the states to Capitol Hill. Countering efforts by big telephone and cable companies to outlaw municipal broadband, Sens. Frank Lautenberg (D-N.J.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) recently introduced S. 1294, the Community Broadband Act.

The Lautenberg-McCain bill, which has been referred to the Senate Commerce Committee, would "preserve and protect the ability of local governments to provide broadband capability and services." This legislation would ensure that local communities everywhere can decide for themselves how to best serve the technology needs of their own citizens.

Please urge your senators to co-sponsor the Community Broadband Act, and take action by letting the Corporate Fiends know how you feel. Don't let the internet die.

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This is a statement of opinion by Dennis Melancon, Jr. If you disagree, I invite your reply!