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COMMUNET  September 1993, Week 3

COMMUNET September 1993, Week 3

Subject:

Re: NII panel discussion at Minnesota CPSR meeting

From:

Vigdor Schreibman - FINS <[log in to unmask]>

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Communet: Community and Civic Network Discussion List

Date:

Tue, 21 Sep 1993 11:41:15 -0400

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On Mon, 20 Sep 1993, Jim Finamore wrote:
 
> Richard,
> I am a bit uncomfortable with the growing view among the
> public interest groups that the traditional telco standard
> of "universal service" will suffice for NII policy.
 
  Jim,
 
  The attempt to apply (or adopt) the "universal service" standard to the
National Information Infrastructure raises a bogus issue, which will get
everyone off of the real issue that must be resolved properly.  The real
issue concerns the outrageous hostile takeover of the NREN by industry
groups with the assistance of various "third sector" groups.  This country
cannot, by any sane and reasonable public policy, turn over to the
monopolists and oligopolists of the Regional Bell Operating Companies, the
Long Distance Carriers, the Cable Companies, and the Computer-Information
Corporations, control over the essential information service media of the
21st Century.  This public policy, which is now being promoted by
despicable "groupthink" tactics, must not prevail!
 
  The current attempt to turn the issue into a begging contest, with
citizens pleading for equity and "universal access" confronts the matter
backwards with a presupposition of industry control that reinforces the
whole outrageous public policy debate.  Moreover, the argument leads to a
dry hole.  The "universal access" standard was designed to serve a phone
system comprised of one service company (AT&T), one simple technology (a
telephone), and many millions of customers.  We do not have such
conditions to work with in the NII, and noone should be foolish enough to
think that "universal access" can be reconfigured for purposes that we are
now confronted with.
 
  The American people are empowered to demand a NII that is not controlled
for purposes of maximizing the power and profit of a group of political
and business opportunists.  We must stop debating the issues presented by
the oppressive monsters who desire to convert the NII into the gold mine
of the 21st Century.  We must, instead, demand unequivocably, a NII that
will sustain and enhance democracy first!
 
  To hell with the monopolists!
 
  The NREN Program was correct in preserving a nonprofit level that would
serve the paramount priorities of this Nation.  The NREN Program gave
control over the infrastructure, with modest public support, to the
institutions that would most likely support "the right to know."  The NREN
Program was to remain a publicly supported infrastructure well into the
21st Century, even under the final report of the OSTP issued last December
by the Bush White House.  The intended takeover is morally decadent,
systemically dysfunctional, and Constitutionally illegitimate.
 
  The NREN program must be reconfirmed and preserved in the NII!
 
  Citizens must fight for what is right!
 
  Don't ever give up until we have won it all!
 
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