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I’m getting really pissed off with AT&T…

We’ve been setting up our new iPhones connected to the AT&T network that we’ver been on for a couple of years now. I though it might help our calling get better, but it turns out that the problem is god damned AT&T.

Now it used to be worse… we had Verizon, whose coverage here in the Eastern Panhandle of West Virginia is even worse than AT&T’s.

At certain times of day (two in the morning, for instance) I have little or no problem dialing up from cellphone using the AT&T network. However, at the height of the day, our connection dribbles off and on and has me walking all over the house to see if any of those little bars pop back up at the top of the screen.

Aside from complaining to AT&T constantly (they have done nothing to improve the situation in the last couple of years), I’m not sure what can be done. I want my iPhone. I don’t want Verizon. I want AT&T to wise up and improve the situation. If a little company like Vonage can do it, why can’t AT&T?

Quote of the Day – on the Google/Verizon Attack on Net Neutrality

“We can’t let companies write the rules that we the people are supposed to follow. Because if that happens those rules will be written only to protect corporations.”

– Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

Read more HERE.

So much for Net Neutrality…

clipped from www.truthdig.com

Google and Verizon Have a Plan to Wreck the Internet

Google and Verizon have decided they would do a better job writing the regulations that govern their Internet businesses, and so the two have come up with a “policy framework” that has progressive groups and net neutrality advocates steamed.
The main sticking point is whether companies are able to treat what travels through those Internet pipes differently. Can an Internet service provider block file-sharing, for instance, or make MoveOn.org pay more for bandwidth?
Google has long been an advocate of net neutrality, and so this compromise, which appears tailored to protect Google’s interests while opening the door to “differentiated online services” stings of betrayal.
The Google-Verizon plan would neuter the FCC just when, for the first time in years, we have an FCC that not only gets this issue but is working hard to address it in a pro-consumer way.
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Statement by MoveOn.Org Civic Action, Credo Action, the Progressive Change Campaign Committee, ColorofChange.org and Free Press:

“The Google-Verizon pact isn’t just as bad as we feared — it’s much worse. They are attacking the Internet while claiming to preserve it. Google users won’t be fooled.

“They are promising Net Neutrality only for a certain part of the Internet, one that they’ll likely stop investing in. But they are also paving the way for a new ‘Internet’ via fiber and wireless phones where Net Neutrality will not apply and corporations can pick and choose which sites people can easily view on their phones or any other Internet device using these networks.

“It would open the door to outright blocking of applications, just as Comcast did with BitTorrent, or the blocking of content, just as Verizon did with text messages from NARAL Pro-choice America. It would divide the information superhighway, creating new private fast lanes for the big players while leaving the little guy stranded on a winding dirt road.

“Worse still, this pact would turn the Federal Communications Commission into a toothless watchdog, left fruitlessly chasing complaints and unable to make rules of its own.

“This is not real Net Neutrality. And this pact would harm the millions of Americans who have pleaded with our leaders in Washington to defend the free and open Internet. President Obama, Congress and the FCC should reject this deal, restore the authority of the agency that’s supposed to protect Internet users, and safeguard Net Neutrality once and for all.”

So where do you stand? Are you happy with the situation? Is it worth continuing with blogs like Under The LobsterScope when the big corporations will make it slow and frustrating? I’m interested in YOUR point of view.
-BT