There is some intense stuff happening over in telecommunications regulation land that has significant implications for the interent. Susan Crawford has been blogging on this extensively. (She is now a member of ICANN’s board so).
Bruce Kushnick, of Tele-the-truth, (said with at Brooklyn, Italian accent),
has come up with some new Vocab to describe what is going on.
The Telecom Act giveth and the FCC taken away. The definition of ‘deregulation’ is — those with the most amount of money and influence win!
Deregulation was ‘open the network to competition’. Now ‘deregulate the wires’ means deregulate the incumbent from previous laws to open the network to competition.
I think it’s time for some new terms.
Terminator-egulate — To kill previous regulation
Fib-erize — To continue to promise fiber optics to the press
Liaregulation or Sayanythingulation. — The uncommittment of
whatever you committed to
Derrieregulation — Sit on your ass, claiming you’re doing
everything in your power to compete.
Astroturegulation — Get 50 ethnic, hispanic, black, asian, Jewish,
Christian, Muslim, disabled, senior groups to claim you need new financial incentives and more deregulation.
Killeregulation — Death to VOIP, Munis, anything that moves.
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