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April 19, 2005

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Mon, 18 Apr 2005 21:29:30 -0700 (PDT)
From: Gerald Jones <>
To: Alan <>
Subject: pulling the plug on WiFi

This appeared a few days after we spoke on the phone:

Miami Herald

Posted on Sun, Apr. 17, 2005

Political hacks may pull plug on WiFi cities

Hollywood's witty nod to a leisurely future -- a WiFi
beach -- just looks like another commie plot to the
Luddites running the show up in Tallahassee.

Legislation moving through the House and the Senate
would snuff out wireless and broadband networks
created by forward-looking cities in Florida.

High-speed computer access would be safely returned to
the whim of Verizon, BellSouth and other corporate
broadband carriers.

Private companies, not a bunch of renegade city
commissions, will once again decide when, if ever,
private citizens get this fancy broadband stuff.


Hollywood has already installed a downtown wireless
network and last week announced plans for a hot zone
along the beachfront. Orlando has a similar WiFi
network downtown. The legislation would essentially
shut them down. Cities, trying to barge their way into
the brave new world, would be reeled back into the old

The effect in smaller Central Florida cities could be
daunting. The city government in St. Cloud, dismayed
by a lack of commercial broadband service, established
a downtown wireless network last year. Gainesville,
Quincy, Monticello and Tallahassee have their own
city-run networks. Winter Springs, Port Orange,
Casselberry and New Smyrna Beach have plans to go
broadband. City leaders, complaining about a lack of
service from commercial carriers, say their cities
must have broadband to stay competitive.

Leesburg opened access to a 141-mile fiber optic
network to all of Lake County in 2001.
Telecommunications economist George V. Ford of Applied
Economic Studies in Tampa released a study this week
showing Lake County's hot-wired economy has since
expanded at twice the rate of comparable counties
without broadband. Ford told me, ``In nearly every
case, these cities first went to the private companies
and asked for broadband. And they were told no. There
were cities like Quincy, which built a business park
but couldn't get a private carrier to provide
broadband. So the city did it itself.

''The leaders in these communities know that if they
don't have broadband, they'd become ghost towns,'' he
said. Ford's study was funded by the Florida Municipal
Electric Association, which opposes the pending
anti-broadband bills. FMEA knows the next generation
of broadband will be accessed through the power grid
-- broadband via the electric wall plug. But if a
government broadband prohibition passes, that would
kill such a possibility, at least for cities that
provide electrical service to their residents.


The broadband legislation wouldn't precisely outlaw
city-owned networks. Rather they would give private
companies the right of first refusal, make cities wait
months or years while the companies made up their
minds, mandate studies, hearings and taxes, bar city
networks from going outside their municipal borders
and keep them from adding new customers. All adding up
to a death sentence.

Similar bills, mostly written by phone company
lobbyists, are pending in 10 other states. Supporters
complain city services amount to unfair government
competition for phone companies -- an ironic
supposition, at least in Florida where telephone
carriers raked in $83.7 million in federal subsidies
last year.

It's almost as if our state legislators are blissfully
unaware of our floundering status in the high-tech
world. The U.S. proportion of citizens wired to
broadband has now fallen to 13th in the world. And
what passes for broadband in the United States would
not be tolerated in, say, South Korea, where 70
percent of the population is wired into a system far
faster, with far greater capacity.

But our providers have discovered that protective
legislation is a hell of a lot cheaper than
fiber-optic cable.

The Luddites in Tallahassee just ask: ``Why Fi?''

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---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Tue, 19 Apr 2005 09:06:37 +0100
From: Linda Wallace <>
To: "" <>
Subject: <nettime> Five journalists killed in past four days in Iraq


Five journalists killed in past four days      18 April 2005

The ordeal of journalists caught in the Iraq conflict has intensified over
the last four days with reports of five killings of journalists, says the
International Federation of Journalists. The IFJ says that safety and
security for media staff and civil society must be a "top priority" for
the new government.

Two Al-Hurriya television journalists were killed in suicide bombings
while on their way to an assignment in Baghdad on April 14th. Producer
Fadhil Hazim and cameraman Ali Ibrahim Isa were killed en route to an
event honouring the new president, Jalal Talabani. They were in a car when
the bombs exploded outside the Interior Ministry. Two other Al-Hurriya
employees in the car, Shakir Awad and Mohammed Ibrahim, were injured.

Al-Hurriya, a station financed by the Patriotic Union of Kurdistan, has
now lost three journalists in the war. Fadhil and Isa are both Iraqi;
their deaths continue a 16-month trend in which the vast majority of
journalist fatalities in Iraq have involved local people.

The day after this attack, the IFJ affiliate in the region, the Kurdistan
Journalists Syndicate, reported the killing of another two television
journalists, Shadman Abdulla, working for Kirkuk TV, and Laiq Abdulla,
from Kurdistan Satellite TV (KTV).

The Syndicate also reported that at the weekend another journalist, Ahmed
al-U'badi, working for al-Sabah newspaper, was beheaded in Baghdad,
apparently by a group known as al-Jihad and al-Tawhit.

"The death toll among Iraqi journalists continues to rise," said Aidan
White, IFJ General Secretary. "Some 75 journalists and media staff have
been killed since the US invasion in March 2003 - and around 55 of them
have been local Iraqis. It is an appalling level of loss. The new
government must give top priority to the protection of media staff."

The IFJ backs a statement from the Kurdistan Syndicate protesting over the
killings and terrorist acts and calling on the Iraqi authorities to ensure
safety for journalists. The Syndicate is working with the IFJ and other
Iraqi groups in a programme to assist and protect media staff in the

* International Federation of Journalists The IFJ
represents over 500,000 journalists in more than 110 countries.

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