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on Jul 7, 2008
Once again, it is looking like a good idea is about to be handled in the Palo Alto Way.
This should be given a "green light" and not a wait and see attitude because we may lose this to some other city if we don't agree. We will never find 100% agreement on anything worthwhile in Palo Alto so there will be some dissent, but we have to prioritize improvements somewhere, somehow.
I understand that ATT is running a trial program for broadband in "North" Palo Alto. Does anyone know anything about this? What applications are being offered? Is there a monthly price established yet?
Is the ATT and Comcast mentioned in this article the same ones that send a copy of everyone's Internet traffic off to the NSA for analysis and filter the Internet?
If so, I pass...
Also just posted at Slashdot:
Telecoms Suing Municipalities That Plan Broadband Access
Law.com has up a review of ongoing and historical cases of telecoms suing municipalities that plan broadband networks. In many cases those same telecoms have spent years ignoring as potential customers the cities and towns now undertaking Net infrastructure projects, only to turn around and sue them. One lawyer who has defended many municipalities in this position says, "This is similar to electrification a century ago when small towns and rural areas were left behind, so they formed their own authorities." Bob Frankston has been writing for years about the financial model of artificial scarcity that underlies the telecoms business plans. This post gives some of the background to the telecoms' fear of abundance.
Also, on Democracy Now! today:
AT&T Whistleblower Urges Against Immunity for Telecoms in Bush Spy Program
The Senate is expected to vote on a controversial measure to amend the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act tomorrow. The legislation would rewrite the nation's surveillance laws and authorize the National Security Agency's secret program of warrantless wiretapping. We speak with Mark Klein, a technician with AT&T for over twenty-two years. In 2006 Klein leaked internal AT&T documents that revealed the company had set up a secret room in its San Francisco office to give the National Security Agency access to its fiber optic internet cables.
Again, this silly attitude that one has a right of invisibility of public actions. You want to keep a secret? Keep it home.
Walter Wallis "You want to keep a secret? Keep it home."
Is that what Stalin said?
'I've Got Nothing to Hide' and Other Misunderstandings of Privacy
DANIEL J. SOLOVE
George Washington University Law School
In this short essay, written for a symposium in the San Diego Law Review, Professor Daniel Solove examines the nothing to hide argument. When asked about government surveillance and data mining, many people respond by declaring: "I've got nothing to hide." According to the nothing to hide argument, there is no threat to privacy unless the government uncovers unlawful activity, in which case a person has no legitimate justification to claim that it remain private. The nothing to hide argument and its variants are quite prevalent, and thus are worth addressing. In this essay, Solove critiques the nothing to hide argument and exposes its faulty underpinnings.
Jews in 1930's Germany probably thought they had nothing to hide regarding their religion.
> I understand that ATT is running a trial program for
> broadband in "North" Palo Alto.
The VRAD boxes have been installed in South PA too. A linesman was by over a month ago "conditioning" lines .. and seemed to think that the service would be available soon .. but was non-committal about a date.
Here is a link to the ATT/U-Verse web-site, which has some details about their offerings:
Steven Colbert explains AT&T:
I have been involved for many years in the effort to bring Fiber
to all of Palo Alto, and was lucky enough to be part of the
Fiber Trial. I just sent this letter to City Council, and urge
you to send one too.
See Web Link for info on how to do that.
Subject: Staff needs to make the FTTP project happen
The Fiber to the Premise project that was presented to Council last
Monday, July 7, deserves your whole-hearted support. The technical
aspects not only meet the requirements set forth in the RFP, but they
match exactly the vision put forward from day one by the extremely
tech-savvy Palo Alto community. The financial aspects are nothing
short of miraculous, with astoundingly low risk bourne by the City.
But please understand what it means for your support to be
whole-hearted and effective. You, not staff, must set the direction
to make this vision a reality. Staff's job is to embrace that
direction and work with the Consortium to *make it happen*, not
to set up roadblocks, nor to conjure up far-fetched difficulties.
Please make that understanding explicit in your directives to staff
next Monday, July 14.
The result will be a historic and magnificent achievement for both
Council and Staff, with enourmous benefit to all Palo Altans.
re FTTP item, Council meeting of July 14
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