05 January, 2007

"Say, that's not a moon, it's a space station!"

AT&T is back, after having received approval from the FCC to reclaim BellSouth in a mega-merger. Now the U.S. Government has a one-stop shop for all its illegal phone tapping needs. Rejoice.

The thing that worries me more than even that is that they got this merger through on the vow of net neutrality. However, memories are short. AT&T and Bellsouth were both companies that vowed to lay fiber networks to the home in exchange for tax and regulatory concessions in the '90s, and have yet to deliver on that promise. The new AT&T has 'promised' to uphold net neutrality for the next two years. After that, barring any permanent legislation to the effect, it's anyone's game.

So, enjoy your Skype, your BitTorrent, and your YouTube while it lasts.

Behold the new Death Star.

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