The battle over your right for a competitive communications market

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    From Reuters: FCC chairman circulates order to approve Sprint, T-Mobile tie-up - excerpt:
    Of course it hasn't been made public. Ajit Pai is American telecom's ass-kisser and he knows precisely from where his next pile of BigMoney is coming.

    Competition in the communications-market? Who needs that? Certainly not the American consumer!

    From the Electronic Frontier Foundation: The T-Mobile and Sprint Merger Is Blatantly Anticompetitive - excerpt:

    You want a very rich Ajit Pai to become even richer? Because that is what will happen, and it will happen at YOUR EXPENSE ... !

    PS: As I never tire of saying - America's antitrust fight has withered over the past thirty years and typically under Replicant administrations. This happened once before in our history, and because America does not know how to control its political machinations it is happening once again:
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    THIS MERGER IS UNNECESSARY

    And if you are too lazy to connect to the rest of the EFF commentary, here it is:
    Strengthen competition by reducing the number of competitors? Delrahim is Delirious!

    This merger has no necessity whatsoever. It will certainly not better the communication-needs of the general public. It will have three consequences, however:
    1) Lower competition and a market becomes "over concentrated" and manipulable.
    2) YOU WILL PAY MORE FOR "5G" CONNECTIONS!
    3) People that are too geographically "eccentric" (distant from a population center) will have less interconnect-coverage (unless by satellite). They just are not worth the expense of "bringing the Internet to rural communities".

    MY POINT

    Look boys-'n-girlz, YOU have rights. But if you do not make an effort to pursue those rights in DC, then the Rabid Right will continue to pay its manipulators there to do what they do best. Manipulate Congress. (Of course, it would help if we did not have a "stacked Congress". But that is a far more complicated question than we can treat here.)
     
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    CHANGE OF AGES

    We are changing ages. That is, we entered the Industrial Age (from the Agricultural Age) in the 19th century. We are now exiting the Industrial Age for the Information Age. Only about 13% of all jobs in America are found in Industry (according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics here). Most of the rest are in Services Industries. What does that mean?

    Of all those service-industry jobs, it means you need to have better credentials than just a high-school degree to get to the Average Wage in America. That is from here):
    From the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES):
    What does the above mean?
    *8% of our students don't even have a high-school degree. So, where do they find a job? Anywhere. Anyhow. Criminal. (Maybe McDonalds or some food outlet?)
    *About half of our children are obtaining an associate-or-higher degree level. Which is goodness. But what are the other half doing?
    *They polish your shoes, make the BigMacs, deliver to your door, etc., etc., etc. I will not denigrate these jobs, but I will also insist that most are below the acceptable Minimum Wage of $15 per hour $31.2K a year. (Which should be made the law-of-the-land. Whyzzat? Consider the following.
    *If you care to see what average salaries are per job-category, just go to the Bureau of Labor Statistics here. Below that Minimum Wage I suggested (at $31.2 annually) the jobs are found in, yes, mostly fast-food outlets ... ! (Category "Food Preparation') And so?
    *The BigMac now costs (on average) $5.30 - and if the Minimum Wage were to go up to $31K a year, it would likely cost you around $5.80 (or nearly 10% more)?
    *BigMac BigDeal? Hardly -
    raising the MW (to $15/hour) will not have a tremendous impact on the cost-of-living except to those living below the Poverty Threshold of $25K per year (for a family of four) who will find the boost most welcome ...
     

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