Dear Senator: Give Us 5

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Dear Senator: Give Us 5

nabet_logoO.K. – I shouldn’t be taking the side of labor when I’ve been a management a-sh-le for longer than I’ve been a union member. But what is fair is fair: Too many large companies (like Cablevision) have seized on a DC Circuit decision that found that President Obama’s recess appointments to the NLRB were unconstitutional and are using it as an excuse to block various NLRB decisions.

So Dear Senator – Let’s not wait till the Supreme Court decides this case next year. Please confirm all of President Obama’s nominees when you return to work on August 5th. After all, due process is a right that all Americans have – not just corporations.

Power To The Node

Power To The Node

In the not too distant past there were plenty of arguments about whether fiber to the home was better than fiber to the node. Cable companies crowed that fiber to the home required expensive terminal equipment at each customer premise and that fiber to the node was the was the way to go. Well now I’m sitting here on Long Island with lots of power but no internet/phone/TV service. So much for those pole-mounted backup power supplies. Thinking about switching to Verizon FiOS.

Cablevision Not Murdoch’s Only Problem

Cablevision Not Murdoch’s Only Problem

Cablevision’s battle with NewsCorp over retransmission fees is not Rupert Murdoch’s only regulatory problem at the moment. Leo Porter began his post titled “Why the Web Mustn’t Become the New TV” with the news that “A consortium of rivals are gathering to impede media tycoon Rupert Murdoch’s bid to gain total control of [British] cable outlet BSkyB.

The anti-Murdoch consortium wrote to the British government last week saying “We believe that the proposed takeover could have serious and far-reaching consequences for media plurality.” Besides a group of UK newspaper publishers, the letter was also signed by executives of the BBC and BT, the UK’s biggest telephone company.

Slowly Pulling Out the Rug

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Slowly Pulling Out the Rug

Slowly but surely my cable provider (Cablevision) is yanking analog
channels from its basic (no cable box) service. In September it will be
the two Public / Government Access channels. You might think that my
town government would have something to say about that. But nary a peep has been heard from Town Hall…