NOT NECESSARILY NEWS
… “The Bell companies are as bad as serial killers; they have become addicted to bad behavior. We are pleased that the commission has proposed the maximum allowable penalty. But at the end of the day, we would want performance more than penalties.”
— John Windhausen Jr.,
president, ALTS (www.alts.org)
Crank It Up
Motorola wireless phone users never again will lose a call mid-sentence. The mobile handset maker’s new FreeCharge wireless phone comes with a crank that allows the user to add more juice to the battery.
Turning the crank for 45 seconds will provide three to six minutes of talk time. The longer it is wound, the more juice is sent to the power source.
The Motorola FreeCharge weighs about eight ounces and will be priced at about $65 retail when it hits the shelves this quarter.
Caught with His Pants Down
Security guards at Washington’s Reagan National Airport in January searched U.S.
Rep. John D. Dingell (D-Mich.) — down to his underwear — before he was allowed to board a flight to Detroit.
The congressman is co-sponsor of the controversial Tauzin-Dingell bill (H.R. 1542), which would give the Bell companies some regulatory relief to provide data from the
Telecommunications Act of 1996 to provide data. The bill had competitive carriers running for their lives throughout most of 2001 on Capitol Hill and the bill was expected to go to a floor vote Feb. 27.
The competitive telecom industry insists it had nothing to do with the airport incident. Apparently, Dingell has a metal hip that set off the metal detector.
The private security guards at the Northwest Airlines terminal “felt me up and down like a prize steer,” Dingell told
On Tap for April