Congress For Sale

Posted on April 25, 2006 - 10:47am.

What's the going rate to get a Democratic sponsor to add their name to what is essentially a Republican/Pro-Corporate Bill? About 1 million dollars . . .

Critics blast SBC-Rush relationship
April 25, 2006

BY LYNN SWEET Sun-Times Washington Bureau Chief

WASHINGTON -- An Englewood community center founded by Rep. Bobby Rush (D-Ill.), a key player on telecommunications legislation, received a $1 million grant from the charitable arm of SBC/AT&T, one of the nation's largest phone companies.

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AT&T: Let Us Sell You Video Access Or We'll Sue

Posted on April 21, 2006 - 7:53am.

Networking and Telecom Blog
Preston Gralla

AT&T has come up with a unique approach to getting people to sign up for its Project Lightspeed video service: Sue the bejesus out of any city or town that doesn't immediately accede to the company's demands for tearing up its street to lay down fiber.

AT&T is suing three Chicago suburbs -- Roselle, Wheaton and Carpentersville -- because the towns haven't yet given rights of way for Project Lightspeed to dig up municipal streets. Project Lightspeed is a multi-billion dollar fiber upgrade that will let AT&T sell video service to homes. . .

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