“We Don’t Care. We’re the Phone Company. We Don’t Have To”

It was almost forty years ago that Lily Tomlin’s character Ernestine uttered those words on Rowan & Martin’s Laugh In. We all laughed; we all knew that AT&T, which controlled almost all local and long distance telephoning in America, could do as it pleased.Until, that is, it ran afoul of anti-trust suits. It was broken … Continue reading “We Don’t Care. We’re the Phone Company. We Don’t Have To”

The Cingular (AT&T) Blocks: Networks and Their Content

Given the current blocking of certain telephone numbers by Cingular, Qwest, and Sprint—not to mention the concept of Net Neutrality now being challenged by commercial forces that want the ability to pay for precedence (among other things) on the Internet, it is worth taking a look at the roles of networks—as opposed to what we … Continue reading The Cingular (AT&T) Blocks: Networks and Their Content