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Kings of Spin

Jack Decker (jack-yahoogroups@withheld_on_request)
Wed, 27 Apr 2005 17:34:29 -0400

I think all newly-elected legislators ought to be required to take a
seminar on "What are astroturf groups, what do they do, and how are
they funded?" before they are allowed to vote on legislation. You
would think legislators would start to recognize these phony (no pun
intended) efforts for what they are after a while, just as many of us
can figure out which of our incoming e-mail messages are likely to be
spam the minute we see the subject lines.

And I still say the USF is nothing but corporate welfare that ought to
be abolished post haste!

Kings of Spin
VoIP taxes and landline fee hikes good for Hispanics, really ...

A few weeks ago, a group dubbed the "Keep Universal Service Fund (USF)
Fair" Coalition congratulated FCC Commissioner Martin on his new post,
suggested the USF fees you pay be increased 40%, and that VoIP service
should be taxed. The group insists such a move would be a boon to
seniors, hispanics, families with disabilities, and
consumers. Unfortunately, as Techdirt
<> and the IP list
<> note, the group is just another PR front outfit funded by the bell
telephone companies, orchestrated by the controversial Bell PR agency
Issue Dynamics.

Bruce Kushnick consistently tracks
<> such Bell efforts to
convince consumers to support initiatives that often are against their
best interests (higher fees, higher taxes, less competition). Usually
by operating through groups with very pro-consumer sounding

Take a peek at the website
<>, which proclaims
"more than 70,000 consumers have visited the coalition’s website
and filed comments with the FCC."

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