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In preparation for a digital eclipse that will have people asking, “Microwho?” Microsoft today declared Apple’s upcoming iPhone “irrelevant” because it doesn’t support Microsoft Office. Unlike, say, Microsoft’s Zune, which is incompatible with Windows Vista and Microsoft’s earlier music platform “plays for sure.” d’OH!
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Rep. Chris Babbidge of Kennebunk has submitted legislation that would require cell phone recycling in Maine.
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Maine lawmakers are considering banning text messages and e-mails while in session to eliminate the possibility of lobbyists adding their two cents to whatever’s up for a vote. The proposed House rule seeks to prevent abuse of “secret, instant communications“ and is one of farthest-reaching in the country according to state Rep. […]

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The Call Home Act of 2006, co-sponsored by Senator Snowe, has passed the Senate unanimously. The goal of the CHA is to decrease the costs of calls made by our troops serving abroad. Snowe is a member of the Senate Commerce Committee that has jurisdiction of over the nationís telecommunications industry.
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2009: The End of TV

Representative Tom Allen, a Member of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, which has jurisdiction over telecommunications legislation, joined with fellow committee Democrats in calling for a smooth and fair transition to digital television. Millions of American TVs will go dark in 2009 when analog television broadcasts are converted to digital. Those with a […]

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You may recall earlier this spring that AT&T, BellSouth Corp and Verizon coughed up private customer call records to the NSA when the Government asked them to help take a bite out of terrorism.
This made Maine’s Public Utilities Commission unhappy. So unhappy that they sued the Feds. The Feds suggested that […]

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Internet providers are lobbying Congress to change the way the Internet works: creating fees for use and giving faster, better and wider access to content providers that pay them more. In a nutshell, they want to change the Internet/World Wide Web into something like cable TV.
A basic collection of channels will cost you, as the […]

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Crap Circles

How many deadzones will you find in Maine? Places where your cell phone drops calls or just drops dead? 2,000 according to the collective work of Mainers who have dilligently mapped all the dead spots for ConnectME.
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Kudos to Maine Today for coming up with a &*%$#@ registration page that not only requires too much personal information, (peppered with tiny “why we asks”) but clicking the link to “read a note from Editor Joe Michaud” (explaining why they had to start invading our privacy) brought me right back to registration page, because, […]

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There’s interest, but no money, to fund video cameras inside the State House of Representatives and the Senate. Those supporting Maine’s version of the wildly popular C-SPAN (minus the fast-paced commentary and break-neck pace) argue that it would be a wonderful eyewitness account of democracy in action. Those against argue that the state […]

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Remember how pay phones were disappearing from Maine’s landscape because it was assumed that everyone had a cellphone so why bother? They’re coming back The Governor signed into law a bill aimed at keeping public phones in places where they are needed, especially in emergencies. Bill sponsor Herbert Adams said, “It’s […]

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Pay Phone Hang-ups

In the good old days, a public pay phone was kind of like a little house with a funky folding-door. It provided shelter against the elements. It was private. Many were lit. Remember the pay phone scene in Hitchcock’s The Birds? That couldn’t happen today. You’d be toast. We can all thank […]

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