Telecommunications Headlines, week of 7 July (cont.)

Gary Handman (
Tue, 8 Jul 1997 09:39:58 -0700 (PDT)

Title: Tyranny of the Minority
Source: New York Times <>(A19)
Author: Alec Baldwin, president of the Creative Coalition
Robert Lynch, Americans for the Arts
Issue: Arts
Description: Whether you support the National Endowment for the Arts or not,
we should all agree that the full Congress should get to vote on the matter.
In editorial, Baldwin and Lynch point out that this may not happen as the
House leadership uses parliamentary rules to "block an open and fair vote."
Eliminating the NEA has become a litmus test for conservatives, but opinion
polls show that the public supports the Endowment. Only ~40 of the 112,000
grants the NEA has made have caused any controversy.

Title: Justice Dept. Clears MCI's Sale to BT
Source: Washington Post <> (C1)
Author: Mike Mills
Issue: Mergers
Description: The Justice Department yesterday gave the ok for British
Telecommunications to purchase MCI, the country's second biggest long
distance company, for $21 billion after the companies adopt "safeguards to
ensure competitors are not unfairly hurt by the deal." The FCC now has to
decide about the merger.

Title: FCC Delays Bell Atlantic-Nynex Merger
Source: Wall Street Journal <> (A3)
Author: Bryan Gruley and John R. Wilke
Issue: Mergers/Competition
Description: Officials at the FCC are delaying approval of the Bell
Atlantic-Nynex merger until the companies do more to open their local
markets to competition. The FCC is considering requiring that Bell Atlantic
and Nynex combo open its "operational support systems" to competing
companies. Access to this mongo complicated computer connection mabobby,
would allow other companies to connect customers to the Bell network.

Title: The Computer Delusion
Source: The Atlantic Monthly
Author: Todd Oppenheimer, Associate Editor of Newsweek Interactive
Issue: Education Technology
Description: Atlantic Monthly's cover story this month examines the
enthusiasm surrounding the introduction of computer technology to K-12
schools. Oppenheimer takes a critical view of the efforts of technology
advocates, school districts, and the Clinton Administration to get computers
into every classroom, an endeavor which may cost $40-$100 billion over the
next five years.

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Gary Handman
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