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  • Notre Dame gets new bells for her 850th birthday

    03/26/2013 8:41:03 PM PDT · by NYer · 14 replies
    History Blog ^ | March 26, 2013
    Notre Dame de Paris, the Gothic cathedral that is one of the most famous churches in the world, turns 850 years old this year and has gotten a new set of nine bells for a birthday present. The new bells range in size from 767 kilos (1691 lbs) to 1.91 tons. They were blessed in a ceremony at the cathedral on February 2nd (see this YouTube for the full ceremony; the top comment lists the times they were rung), but since they were lined up in the nave, their rings were only heard individually when their clappers were struck against...
  • Berkeley students seek Christmas ban on Salvation Army bell ringers

    12/06/2012 1:39:43 PM PST · by moonshinner_09 · 34 replies
    CampusReform.org ^ | Dec 06, 2012 | Oliver Darcy
    The student government at the University of California-Berkeley (CAL) passed a resolution last month that would ban Salvation Army bell ringers and their iconic red kettles from campus this Christmas because of the Christian organization’s alleged bias against homosexuality. UC Berkeley is "reviewing" whether or not they will prohibit the Salvation Army from operating on campus this Christmas, after students passed a resolution condemning the charity. The resolution, cleared on November 14, accuses the charity of openly discriminating against gay individuals. “Salvation Army church services, including charity services, are available only to people ‘who accept and abide by the Salvation...
  • Woman Calls Cops On Salvation Army Workers For Ringing Bells

    11/22/2012 12:55:48 PM PST · by Morgana · 26 replies
    cbs ^ | 11.22.2012 | cbs
    PORTSMOUTH, N.H. (CBS Connecticut) – For some, the idea of Christmas coming early is anything but welcome. Local shop owner Sarah Hamilton-Parker, tired after years tolling bells sounded by Salvation Army workers for hours on end during the holiday season, took matters into her own hands by reaching out to local authorities to complain about the noise. “I listen to this for 200 hours a year,” Hamilton-Parker told the Portsmouth Herald. “This is my fourth year and I can’t take it anymore. I’m so sick of it.”
  • Exclusive: Bell's Critical Race Theory Promoted in Public Schools

    03/19/2012 4:19:26 PM PDT · by Nachum · 21 replies · 1+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 3/19/12 | Kyle Olson
    A radical organization known as the Pacific Educational Group (PEG) is actively promoting Derrick Bell’s Critical Race Theory in public elementary and high schools nationwide, with an intense focus on what PEG calls “Systemic Racism.” With the approval of the Obama administration, and under the guise of closing achievement gaps between black and white students, PEG is promoting teaching methods that discourage “black and brown” students from conforming to an inherently “white” -- and therefore racist -- curriculum. PEG also encourages teachers to conform to the presumed cultural backgrounds of students, rather than focusing on norms of assessment and accountability....
  • White House: No Comment on Derrick A. Bell's 2010 Visits

    03/08/2012 4:46:57 PM PST · by Nachum · 20 replies
    breitbart ^ | 3/8/12 | Dan Riehl
    Via Lachlan Markay at Heritage, we learn a Derrick A. Bell visited the Obama White House twice in 2010. The White House did not return a request for comment. The visits were on 1/29/2010, a Friday and 1/31/2010, a Sunday. For now, a web search of news reports did not turn up why Bell may have been in Washington that particular weekend. Heritage could not independently confirm that the Derrick A. Bell listed is the same individual who spoke at the rally. The White House did not return a request for comment.
  • Revealed: Derrick Bell's HBO Sci-Fi Blaxploitation Flick

    03/07/2012 9:14:04 PM PST · by Nachum · 38 replies
    Big Hollywood ^ | 3/7/12 | Joel B. Pollak
    Derrick Bell, the man whose scholarship inspired Barack Obama, was the Jeremiah Wright of academia. And a Hollywood cult hero. Bell was one of the chief proponents of Critical Race Theory, a radical doctrine that holds that American legal institutions—including our civil rights laws—perpetuate white supremacy. Bell’s ideas were not only radical, but bizarre. After leaving Harvard (he resigned in 1992), he wrote a racialist, antisemitic fictional essay titled “The Space Traders,” which Ninth Circuit judge Alex Kozinski described in the New York Times with disgust: Imagine, if you will, that space aliens land in the United States and offer...
  • Jihad Bells from Bethlehem

    12/19/2011 7:17:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 6 replies
    Youtube ^ | 12/23/10 | LatmaTV
    Jingle Bells Bethlehem style. Palestinian minister Fadiha with a special Christmas carol...
  • Alarm Bells - Radical Union Leader Appointed to Important Trade Post

    02/19/2011 9:30:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 7 replies
    New Zeal ^ | 2/19/11 | Trevor Loudon
    President Barack Obama has appointed a far left labor unionist to a security sensitive U.S. trade post. Bob King On February 16, 2011,  Obama  announced the appointment of United Auto Workers president Bob King to the Advisory Committee for Trade Policy and Negotiations. As U.S. trade positions and data are always  key targets of foreign intelligence services, one would think that appointments to such a body would be subject to thorough scrutiny. Either this was not done in King's case, or affiliation with far left organizations, is no longer considered any sort of danger to national security in today's Washington....
  • Largest Bell in the World at Cologne Cathedral is Silenced

    01/07/2011 8:00:51 AM PST · by 0beron · 24 replies · 1+ views
    The Eponymous Flower ^ | 01/06/2011 | Tancred
    Largest free swinging bell in the world: Shortly before the Epiphany Mass the clapper of the 24 ton bell -- The "decke Pitter" is the German Peace Bell. Cologne (kath.net/KAP) Shock in the Cologne Cathedral: The bell known as "Decker Pitter" by the locals is silenced. On Thursday morning the clapper with a 3.24 Meter diameter and with a weight of 24 tons, the largest free swinging bell in the world, fell. The cause is still unknown. Possibly there was some material weakening in the structure connecting the clapper to the bell itself. No one was injured as the Cathedral...
  • University Silences Christmas Bells

    12/10/2010 10:32:31 AM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 12/10/10 | Todd Starnes
    The clock tower at Southern Illinois University has played Christmas carols for nearly 15 years. But this year, someone complained – and that led university officials to briefly silence the holiday tradition until they could add a more diverse selection of music. “We got a complaint about not being inclusive in the music,” university chancellor Rita Cheng told Fox News Radio. She backed off comments she made to a local television station that claimed the music was indeed removed because it was “religious” and “offensive to non-Christians.” “No one really complained about it being religious,”
  • A ringing endorsement for Philadelphia church bells (Busybodys & atheists deeply saddened)

    10/05/2010 9:13:50 PM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 16 replies · 2+ views
    Philly.com ^ | 10/05/2010 | Marcia Gelbart
    City Council has spoken: The bell at St. John the Baptist Roman Catholic Church in Manayunk most likely won't be silenced.... On Thursday, the full Council will consider the legislation, which would exempt churches and schools from Philadelphia's noise ordinance.... The church clamor began early last month when...the Rev. James A. Lyons, received a warning letter from the city Health Department. The letter....threatened the 179-year-old church with fines of up to $700 per day if the pealing bell was determined to be in violation of the city's 2006 noise law. At issue is the volume of the 7 a.m. bell...
  • Three Rings and You’re Out: Bishop Busted for Bells

    01/30/2010 5:27:09 AM PST · by LikeLight · 15 replies · 366+ views
    Is There a Lawyer in the Church? ^ | 1/29/2010 | Stephen Bloom
    Zero tolerance for church bells? Ring free zones? Instead of getting tough on dealers, Arizona prosecutors are going after pealers. It doesn't ring true, but it is. Here's the video report from Alliance Defense Fund: [video embed at source link] ADF is representing the bellringing Bishop in an appeal hearing of his criminal conviction and, in a separate civil case, is challenging the application of local noise ordinances to church bells.
  • Ground-breaking ceremony begins construction of bell tower at veterans’ cemetery in Sierra Vista

    11/19/2009 5:55:45 PM PST · by SandRat · 277+ views
    SIERRA VISTA — On May 30 next year, the sound of patriotic music will be the norm on grounds of the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery. It will be on Memorial Day 2010 when a 40-foot-tall carillon — a bell tower — will be dedicated. On Wednesday, a short groundbreaking ceremony took place to start the construction phase for the carillon. Every year, the national headquarters of AMVETS helps fund two carillons to be placed in cemeteries that are dedicated as final resting places for veterans. Members of the local AMVETS post are sponsors of the project and have been...
  • Court sentences bishop for ringing church bells (though songs played quieter than traffic)

    06/06/2009 6:58:57 AM PDT · by NYer · 29 replies · 1,000+ views
    wnd ^ | June 6, 2009 | Drew Zahn
    Ding, dong, the bells are dead – at least on weekdays. By court order, the electronic chimes that were rung each day by Cathedral of Christ the King Catholic Church in Phoenix, Ariz., are now confined to Sundays and special occasions, while the cathedral's leader, Bishop Rick Painter, faces potential jail time for playing the daily melodies. Responding to complaints that the electronic bells at the northern Phoenix church were rung too loud and too often, a municipal court gave Painter three years probation and a suspended 10-day jail sentence on charges of violating city noise ordinances. The judge further...
  • Danilov Bells ringing a new era

    03/26/2009 10:07:42 AM PDT · by pobeda1945 · 2 replies · 312+ views
    Russia Today ^ | 17, March, 2009,
    It's the sound people have been waiting to hear for decades. The famous Danilov Bells, which escaped the Communist era axe and returned from Harvard last year, have rung today at their original residence in Moscow. They were sold to the U.S. in the late 1920s and returned to Russia after 78 years of exile. And today, all 18 Danilov Bells have rung together for the first time. The Head of the Russian Church, Patriarch Kirill, and the capital’s Mayor, Yury Luzhkov, have been attending the ceremony. "The most important thing about the homecoming of the Danilov bells is that...
  • Italian priest fined $80,000 for church bells’ ‘noise pollution’

    09/05/2008 9:45:49 AM PDT · by NYer · 12 replies · 210+ views
    CNA ^ | September 5, 2008
    Rome, Sep 5, 2008 / 01:34 am (CNA).- An Italian priest has been ordered to pay more than eighty thousand dollars to a woman living near his church because she claims the bells were rung too loud and too long at “unsocial hours.”The judgment was handed down by a court in the town of Chiavari after retired university teacher Flora Leuzzi and others claimed the ringing of church bells created a form of noise pollution, the Guardian reports.Professor Leuzzi lives close to the Carmine church in Lavagna, which is near Genoa. She first voiced complaints about the bell ringing...
  • Bell's beer headed back to Chicago!

    08/01/2008 7:24:13 PM PDT · by Cletus.D.Yokel · 5 replies · 140+ views
    Trib ^ | 07/31/2008 | JKirk
    Bell's Brewery Inc. beers are headed back to the Windy City nearly two years after the company pulled its brands out of the Chicago market following a nasty dispute with a distributor.
  • After 300 years, bells could stop chiming_(newcomer residents complain of noise,?)

    07/29/2007 6:22:05 PM PDT · by Flavius · 57 replies · 1,494+ views
    upi ^ | 7/29/07 | upi
    RANFIELD, England, July 29 (UPI) -- Church bells in Cranfield, England, chimed every quarter hour for hundreds of years -- but the tradition was broken after some newcomers complained. New residents said chimes kept them awake at night, Britain's Mail on Sunday reported. The city council has issued a noise abatement regulation, to take effect next month, preventing the bells from ringing at night.
  • Harvard delegation pleased with sounding of new bells copied from St. Daniel’s belfry

    05/29/2007 8:58:19 AM PDT · by kawaii · 6 replies · 198+ views
    interfax ^ | 29 May 2007, 16:42 | interfax
    29 May 2007, 16:42 Harvard delegation pleased with sounding of new bells copied from St. Daniel’s monastery belfry Voronezh, May 29, Interfax - The delegation of Harvard University who visited the bell-casting plant to test the copies of St. Daniel’s monastery’s bells are pleased with the results of the test. ‘I liked the bells very much. I believe they are very beautiful’, the Harvard University senior bell-ringer Ben Rappoport said in an interview with the NTV. During the test, he examined every bell several times, tested its voice and recorded every sound to compare it later with the sounding of...
  • Why Must Our Bells be Silent?

    11/12/2006 10:50:19 AM PST · by vharlow · 38 replies · 775+ views
    self | 11/12/2006 | vharlow
    Our local parish has been denied the right to ring our bells on Sunday for a long time. It seems a neighbor is offended by them. When our parish priest, approached our County Supervisor, he was told that an appeal would be filed, and that he would be kept abreast of the actions taken by the Fairfax County Board of Supervisors. A petition was circulated and well over 2000 signatures were obtained of parishioners who want to ring the bells on Sunday. All of us parishioners agreed to let Fr. Tom represent us and deal with the local representative. She...
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    05/26/2006 10:33:30 AM PDT · by ronaldbizworld · 5,033 replies · 24,023+ views
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  • How many bells for a USN Captain?

    10/07/2005 2:54:59 AM PDT · by Toadman · 7 replies · 838+ views
    Toadman
    Do any of my fellow freepers know how many bells for a Captain (USN)? It's for a retirement ceremony. I've searched the net with absolutely no luck. Thanks in advance.
  • Bring Back the Bells [and the Sacred Music]

    06/30/2005 10:03:07 PM PDT · by Salvation · 53 replies · 1,129+ views
    spirtDaily.com ^ | 06-30-05 | SpiritDaily
    BRING BACK THE BELLS: MASS SEEN AS IN REAL NEED OF RETURN TO SENSE OF SACREDWe all remember that during the election of Pope Benedict XVI, the Vatican initiated a new backup system in announcing the decision. Instead of just using smoke, the Church instituted the ringing of bells as a confirmation.We suggest that the Church take it another step and institute (or should we say, "re-institute") the bells during Mass. Bring those bells back into the liturgy!Many of us remember how, before the reforms of Vatican II, bells were jingled during Consecration. There were three long rings as the...
  • The Japanese Make A Whole Lota Noise At Baseball Games..

    06/04/2005 1:37:21 AM PDT · by Dallas59 · 23 replies · 602+ views
    Putfile ^ | 6/04/05 | Putfile
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  • Ask for Whom the Bells Toll: For They Should Toll For Teri

    03/18/2005 5:58:51 PM PST · by Robert A. Cook, PE · 14 replies · 453+ views
    Na | 3/18/2005 | Robert A. Cook
    Church bells have tolled in mourning of a loved one's death for centuries. (The toll is a slow, somber, usually single sound from the lowest, largest bell; very different from the joyous pealing of the whole set.) Perhaps it's time we asked our pastors, of every church we know of, to ring a single bell each hour for as long as Teri fights for her life. One bell, rung once each hour, can be programmed into electrical carrilions, or rung mechanically, or even struck by hand manually by watchstanders. It'd be a "rining" effort that would remind people who satnds...
  • Ban on charity bell ringers makes shoppers think twice Boycotts threatened; Westlake kettle OKd

    12/02/2004 8:07:01 AM PST · by SmithL · 89 replies · 1,374+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/2/4 | Tanya Schevitz
    The Salvation Army has received an outpouring of support after reports that two major department store chains -- Target and Mervyn's -- had banned the charity's holiday bell ringers from collecting donations in front of their stores, a spokeswoman said Wednesday. The Salvation Army's office in San Francisco received scores of calls from people who said they were shocked by the chains' decision to boot the little red kettles off their property after years of permitting the collections. Some callers said they were writing letters to the corporations; others promised to boycott the stores. "People are saying they are saddened...
  • Origin of 'Jingle Bells' Song Is Debated

    12/21/2003 11:39:53 AM PST · by bradactor · 7 replies · 2,501+ views
    AP ^ | December 21 2003 | RUSS BYNUM
    Origin of 'Jingle Bells' Song Is Debated By RUSS BYNUM, Associated Press Writer SAVANNAH, Ga. - Dashing in the sun, through oaks and Spanish moss. Sleigh riding's no fun, when there's no snow to cross. Could "Jingle Bells" really be a song of the South? It's not hard to see why balmy Savannah has a tough time selling the Christmas carol as a native creation. Or why the claim makes folks in Medford, Mass. — hometown of the song's composer — cry humbug. This much is known: James Pierpont was the organist at Savannah's Unitarian Universalist Church in 1857 when...
  • FCC Releases Its New Rules on Local-Phone Competition

    08/21/2003 7:54:17 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 175+ views
    Dow Jones News Service | August 21, 2003 | Mark Wigfield
    WASHINGTON -- The Federal Communications Commission released its long-awaited rules governing competition in the local-telephone industry Thursday, over six months after initially approving the measure in a 3-2 vote. But the release signals less the end of a process than the beginning of litigation that has been promised from virtually every corner of the industry. Suits are likely from the Baby Bells, which were looking for more relief from obligations that they lease their networks at low cost to competitors like the local arms of AT&T Corp. and MCI, as well as competitors who will say that deregulation of...
  • Bellsouth, SBC and Verizon Adopt Common Technical Requirements for Fiber To The Premises

    05/29/2003 10:01:09 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 2 replies · 262+ views
    PRNewsWire | May 28, 2003
    Anticipated FCC Broadband Ruling Next Major Step on Path to New Networks With Nearly Limitless Bandwidth for Internet, Voice and Innovative Video Applications ATLANTA, SAN ANTONIO and NEW YORK, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Three of the nation's largest telecommunications service providers -- BellSouth (NYSE: BLS), SBC Communications Inc. (NYSE: SBC) and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) -- have adopted a set of common technical requirements based on established industry standards and specifications for a technology known as fiber to the premises (FTTP). These advanced fiber-optic systems can be used to connect homes and businesses to telecom networks. Today's announcement is a major...
  • FCC Struggling To Complete Phone Rules Before June 2

    05/19/2003 7:34:18 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 1 replies · 207+ views
    Dow Jones News Service | May 19, 2003 | Mark Wigfield
    WASHINGTON (Dow Jones)--A divided Federal Communications Commission is still struggling to complete before the end of the month key telephone competition rules adopted in concept on Feb. 20. While some in the agency are optimistic the job will be completed by next week, others aren't so sure. The commissioners are scheduled to vote on a major rewrite of media ownership rules by June 2, possibly making completion of the phone rules difficult before then. Meanwhile, a trade association representing the dominant local telephone companies said investment is on hold until the FCC releases the new phone rules. The delay...
  • Verizon Jolts High-Speed Service

    05/13/2003 8:30:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 66 replies · 804+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | May 13, 2003 | Scott Woolley
    NEW YORK - It may be the best news the high-tech industry has seen all year: This morning Verizon Communications laid out the details of its plan to slash prices, increase speeds and reach more customers with high-speed Internet access--moves which could invigorate the relatively torpid U.S. broadband market. High prices and lagging speeds have been the two primary reasons that America's use of broadband lags well behind global leaders such as Canada and South Korea. Silicon Valley groups such as Technet say the slow U.S. rollout has crippled many bandwith-hungry technologies and left the U.S. telecom industry drowning...
  • Shortchanged - Baby Bells may have bilked consumers out of billions by inflating costs

    04/26/2003 12:06:39 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 388+ views
    Forbes.com ^ | May 12, 2003 | Scott Woolley
    Shortchanged The Baby Bells may have bilked consumers out of billions by inflating the cost of their networks. Regulators seem content to overlook the matter. Front-page headlines in June 2000 hailed a historic deal that dramatically cut phone rates for the nation's consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, in persuading the Baby Bells to slash the access fees they charge long-distance carriers for routing calls to their local lines, said it would save customers $3.2 billion a year. The FCC's claim to have enacted "the largest rate cut in the history of federal telephone regulation" was the New York Times'...
  • Shortchanged

    04/25/2003 11:10:42 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 101+ views
    Forbes ^ | 05.12.03 | Scott Woolley
    The Baby Bells may have bilked consumers out of billions by inflating the cost of their networks. Regulators seem content to overlook the matter. Front-page headlines in June 2000 hailed a historic deal that dramatically cut phone rates for the nation's consumers. The Federal Communications Commission, in persuading the Baby Bells to slash the access fees they charge long-distance carriers for routing calls to their local lines, said it would save customers $3.2 billion a year. The FCC's claim to have enacted "the largest rate cut in the history of federal telephone regulation" was the New York Times' lead story....
  • Uncertain Utility - The price of federalism and enlightened trial and error

    03/05/2003 11:22:40 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 238+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | March 5, 2003 | Bruce Fein
    Chairman Michael K. Powell sharply dissented from the portion of the Federal Communications Commission's Order of February 20, 2003, which retained obligations of incumbent local exchange carrier (ILEC) monopolists to unbundle network elements to facilitate budding competitive carriers. On the other hand, the Chairman celebrated the withholding of corresponding unbundling obligations for new fiber lines capable of a dazzling array of broadband services, such as Internet, television, movies, or high speed data. Both positions seem ill-conceived. According to the Chairman, new fiber construction by the gang of four ILECs-Verizon, SBC, Qwest, and BellSouth-would spurt because its broadband profit opportunities...
  • US FCC chief says Bells will end up spending again

    02/26/2003 10:45:59 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 279+ views
    Reuters | February 26, 2003 | Jeremy Pelofsky
    WASHINGTON, Feb 26 (Reuters) - Dominant U.S. local telephone companies such as BellSouth Corp. will likely invest further in high-speed networks despite a decision that they must continue to share their networks with rivals, Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell said on Wednesday. The FCC voted to keep rules that require the carriers to give rivals discounted access to their voice networks but lifted sharing requirements on fiber-optic networks in hopes of spurring further investment in high-speed networks and video-on-demand. Powell, who had favored reducing sharing requirements on most voice and data services offered by the carriers but was outvoted...
  • Telecom Countdown - The next two weeks will decide the fate of telecommunications for a generation

    02/07/2003 2:10:55 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 270+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | February 7, 2003 | Duane D. Freese
    Iraq wasn't the only one recently facing a countdown from a man named Powell. Competition in the vital telecommunications sector faces one, too. Just as Secretary of State Colin Powell has said time is running out on Iraq, his son, Federal Communications Chairman Michael Powell, has promised to meet a largely self-imposed Feb. 20 deadline for issuing new rules governing wireline telephone services. But will it be a case of like father, like son? Most press reports say not. Secretary of State Colin Powell wisely has refused to accept the false promises of Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein that he...
  • Rumored FCC changes will lead to "a decade of lawsuits" for DSL services

    01/30/2003 6:04:26 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 49 replies · 354+ views
    DSL Prime News ^ | January 30, 2003 | Dave Burstein
    DSL Prime News: The Inside Source A leak from the FCC says a deal on line sharing has been reached because the RBOCs are about to build fiber, and therefore no longer hate sharing their outdated copper networks. "The Bells are about to build fiber, and that explains the coming FCC decisions." -- Leak from the top of the FCC Powell is apparently cutting a private deal with Seidenberg and Whitacre. He will give them less competition, and they will promise to build out a fiber or VDSL network. Powell hopes to change a public relations disaster into a...
  • Telecom's Future

    01/16/2003 8:35:01 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 11 replies · 257+ views
    Tech Central Station ^ | January 15, 2002 | Duane D. Freese
    Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell told the Senate Commerce Committee on Monday that "we are at critical crossroads in communications," spurred by computerization. Who could disagree with that? And who could disagree with the five goals set out by the son of Secretary of State Colin Powell for a more vibrant telecom tomorrow: "Bring consumers the benefits of investment and innovation in new communications technologies and services. "Expand the diversity, variety and dynamism of communication, information and entertainment. "Empower consumers, by moving toward greater personalization of communications - when, where, what and how they want it. "Promote universal...
  • FCC chairman says changes in telecom rules won't restrict consumer choices

    01/14/2003 2:58:57 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 277+ views
    Associated Press | January 14, 2002 | DAVID HO
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The nation's top communications regulator told lawmakers Tuesday that upcoming decisions on local phone competition and media ownership will not take choices away from consumers. "We will be guided exclusively by the public interest,'' Federal Communications Commission Chairman Michael Powell told the Senate Commerce Committee. The agency's decisions this year could reshape the landscape of media companies and the telecommunications industry. All five of the FCC's commissioners testified before the committee. The most contentious issue at the hearing involved an FCC review of rules involving the leasing of telephone networks. The regional Bell companies -- BellSouth...
  • Monopoly Man - The White House must stop Michael Powell

    01/07/2003 12:43:54 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 55 replies · 415+ views
    The Wall Street Journal today reports that Chairman Michael Powell will ask the FCC to vote early next month on changes that would force competitors to pay the giant Bell companies higher rates to lease lines - "a move," write Journal reporters Yochi J. Dreazen and Shawn Young, "that could reduce competition and price-cutting in the local phone market." There's no "could" about it. If the FCC goes ahead on Powell's plan, the huge gains that consumers have scored in the past year will be erased, and the chances for a high-tech recovery will diminish. If there is one...
  • FCC to Drop Key Phone Competition Rule - WSJ

    01/06/2003 2:48:48 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 25 replies · 292+ views
    Reuters | January 6, 2002
    NEW YORK (Reuters) - U.S. regulators are preparing to stop making local phone companies rent their networks to rivals at cheap rates, a move that could reduce competition and price-cutting in the local phone market, the Wall Street Journal reported on Monday. The expected change by the Federal Communications Commission would be a huge win for the four regional Bell companies, which are trying to continue their domination of the profitable local market, the report said. It could be a significant setback for their biggest competitors, the two already beaten-down long-distance giants, AT&T Corp. and WorldCom Inc, which have...