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DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
18 May 2006
Wednesday May 24th—Protests planned at phone company offices in NYC, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco and other cities to expose efforts by the phone companies to push legislation that could end the Internet as we know it, increase the digital-divide through redlining—and destroy Public Access TV! For more information, or to organize action in your town, go to www.saveaccess.org —or email Info (at) saveaccess.org
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SUPPORT PUBLIC ACCESS TV—SUPPORT INTERNET ‘NET NEUTRALITY’—AND STOP THE PHONE COMPANIES’ “TECHNOLOGY REDLING” OF LOW INCOME COMMUNITIES!

On Wednesday May 24th hundreds of people will “Out(R)age” against the phone companies in cities around the country—and against deregulatory phone company backed legislation and the ‘million-dollar-a-week’ efforts by the telcos to pass ‘their’ legislation in Washington.

The telcos are pushing legislation that will allow them to:
1) Change the rules that for decades have supported Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) Access TV—that gives the public a voice in the media in towns and cities around the country.
2) Bring services only in the most profitable areas—and skip over low income, rural or minority neighborhoods—thereby increasing the already vast digital-divide.
3) End the Internet as we know it—by introducing a pay-as-you-go system there content they favor is instantaneously available while non-commercial Internet content is stuck in the slow-lane or not accessible at all.

The day of “Out(R)age” has been planned to highlight popular opposition to this legislation—and to counter the aggressive lobbying efforts of the telcos who are spending over a million dollars a week on lobbying efforts, advertising campaigns, and on the funding of ‘astroturf’ front groups which appear to show grassroots public support for COPE—but are actually telco front organizations.

We are outraged that representatives of Video Access Alliance—a bogus Astroturf group—have been invited to testify at hearings of the bills—while the Alliance For Community Media legitimately representing millions of people—has been barred.

The protests are being coordinated by “Saveaccess”—a grassroots coalition of people from around the country who are concerned about the damage the COPE bill (H.R. 5252) and Senate bill S.2686 would do to Public, Educational and Governmental (PEG) TV nationwide. Grassroots organizations participating in the day of Outage so far include SF Media Alliance, Chicago Media Action, Center for Digital Democracy, Grassroots Media Coalition (GMC), Action Coalition For Media Education (ACME) Boston, and the media watchdog organization Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR).

The propose legislation is a “give-away” to the phone companies—at a time when people are criticizing the phone companies for illegally disclosing private information about millions of Americans to the NSA—and at a time when telco mergers threaten competition and consumer protections.

Organizers say that while large protests are planned for cities like New York, Boston and Chicago—people around the country can organize actions of all sizes—your protest could be as simple as distributing flyers on the issue at the phone company store in your area.

By saveaccess.org

Some confirmed cities:
NEW YORK—12:30pm Verizon World Headquarters, 140 West Street in Lower Manhattan.
BOSTON—2pm at the Massachusetts State House grand staircase. For information contact: colin (at) acmeboston.org or visit www.wccatv.com
CHICAGO—4pm at the intersection of Congress and Federal, in downtown Chicago. For information: 
http://www.chicagomediaaction.org
ADDITIONAL LOCATIONS TBA

For information about these and other actions visit: www.saveaccess.org

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Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
17 May 2006
Finally...I'll be there!
Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
18 May 2006
I definitely think community colleges and schools should provide low cost training in every community for video and film skills. Having said that, the vast majority of public access TV is boring.

There is a reason most people who present on public access Tv dont work on commerical media or even NPR local outlets. They are not talented. They are not creative. I'm sure they are nice people.

But everyone can't be interesting and not everything each person thinks is vital is of much interest to many othes. This seems like a non-issue. Lots of other more important problems to worry about..
Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
18 May 2006
If you are too lazy to spell out the words "telephone companies," then I am too lazy to come to your protest.
Oh, we can hear you. Dont worry.
18 May 2006
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Thanks Verizon.

My thank you card to my wireless provider

http://www.flickr.com/photos/danielmcg/148395729
Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
18 May 2006
they're telecommunications companies now

maybe you didn't get the memo
Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
19 May 2006
there's been a lot of media references to 'telcos' in the last several days- but about their complicity in spying on millions of americans for the cheney administration. shouldn't we be outraged also at this massive and illegal invasion of our privacy?
Re: DAY OF OUT(R)AGE AGAINST TELCOS—MAY 24TH
19 May 2006
Here's a link to a primer on the current Telecom Legislation that's being considered:
http://www.cpcs.umb.edu/%7Edanielle/telecompolicyprimer_v2.pdf

It's been produced by the Tactical Media Group at UMass Boston: http://tacticalmedia.blogspot.com/
Re: SHELL
21 May 2006
Check out the second line in the article's graphic.