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10/07/2003 Archived Entry: "I agree with the 9th Circuit Court"
Posted by CKL @ 10:47 AM PST

Not all the time, but definitely in this case:

In an opinion issued Monday, a three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said the FCC erred when it classified high-speed Internet over cable as just an "information service" -- a move that effectively locked out competitors.

The judges, basing their ruling on a decision in an earlier case, said cable-based broadband also is a "telecommunications service," which would make it subject to the same rules that the phone companies must adhere to -- such as allowing access to competitive providers.

"Giving consumers a choice of Internet service providers would open the door to more competition, and let people choose services with better privacy and less spam," said Chris Murray, Consumers Union's legislative counsel.

Hey, a legislative counsel just said "spam" on the record. Is that good or bad?

And if you live in California, don't forget to vote today. Me, I'm making it easy on myself: "no" on everything! Recall? No! Ban racial profiling? No! Whatever that other proposition is? No!

But I do have to admit it's been amusing to get pre-recorded telephone calls from people like Arnold Schwarzenegger and Al Gore. DeeAnn's had great fun hanging up on them.

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