The most fabulous Lisa Whipple spins the tale of our co-Antioch-College-alumnus who took a Rush Limbaugh error and turned it into six kinds of wonderful on the eve of Healthcare Reform:
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Yesterday at 2:19pm
My pal Chip is the IT director for a small phone company/ISP called kall8.com. Yesterday, sent me the following:
"Rush Limbaugh went on the air today and told his peeps to call congress to oppose the health care bill, and he gave them some tollfree numbers. He wanted people to use them because 'it will cost the liberals money when you use the tollfree number.' Well the two numbers he gave out belonged to one of our kall8 customers, whom we contacted when we saw our switch go crazy and gave them new numbers. Then we decided to route those numbers to a new voice message telling folks to support Obama healthcare (and I don't mind telling you that this Antioch grad is the one who pushed for this and helped write the new message) and we've gotten ten thousand calls. Feeling a bit proud of what we accomplished today. Later in the afternoon, Rush updated his website and gave out the correct numbers which made me feel like YAY, we did something.
"It was pretty crazy and honestly a lot of fun and maybe a bit scary too. We even recorded some voice mails that people left, and I’ll share those. So ANYHOO, the favor I was hoping you could do for me is post something about our little adventure today—‘cause we kinda want to quietly let the world know we tried to fight the good fight today! Thanks!"
Then it got even better...
It's them Nazi libruls, I just knows it! "If the Nazis in the 1930s had voice mail, they would have done this same thing!"
And then Chip added:
and BTW, the orginal owner of the number was THRILLED that we did this. They called this morning to tell us how happy they were that we not only saved them a lot of money but also put a message up that they fully supported. Then they said they were sending us a present. and when they heard that one of my PC Techs did the voice work they said he was gonna git a special present ;)
There will be winners -- Cisco, Google -- and losers -- AT&T, Quest and everyone else whose business plan dictates you get your downloads capped at 4 Mbps. This is nothing new -- the FCC was convinced by David Sarnoff to change the FM spectrum allocation and bankrupted inventor Edwin Howard Armstrong, who killed himself.
U.S. to roll out major broadband policy | Reuters
Dramatically increasing Internet speeds to 25 times the current average is one of the myriad goals to be unveiled in the National Broadband Plan by the the Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday.
"This is a fairly unique event," said Paul Gallant, an analyst with Concept Capital. "The FCC really has never been asked to design a broad regulatory shift like this. Broadband is important and difficult because it threatens every established communications sector."
But some carriers like AT&T Inc and Qwest Communications International Inc were irked last month when the agency's chief, Julius Genachowski, announced that the FCC would propose in the plan a goal of 100 Mbps speeds to be in place at 100 million American homes in 10 years. The current average is less than 4 Mbps.
In a sign of tension between the FCC and carriers, Qwest called it "a dream" and AT&T reacted by saying the FCC should resist calls for "extreme forms of regulation."
Since the FCC announcement, Cisco Systems Inc announced it would introduce a router that can handle Internet traffic up to 12 times faster than rival products. Google Inc has also gotten in on the hype, saying it plans to build a super-fast Internet network to show that it can be done. The FCC has praised both announcements.
Cisco today announced a new version of its key routing system, which the networking giant said has a dozen times the traffic capacity of competitors and three times as much as the company’s previous version.
Cisco’s CEO John Chambers said the CRS-3 Carrier Routing System is aimed at the huge growth in video on the Internet, a trend that has also caused slowdowns.
Pankaj Patel, SVP and GM for the service provider business, claimed the system could in just a few minutes deliver all the movies ever made or allow everyone in China to make a video phone call at once.
It had better. The consumption of video online is growing like crazy and a constant bottleneck is likely without some relief.
“Video brings the Internet to life,” said Chambers. “You are moving from a messaging platform to a video platform.”
Along with Chambers and Patel, AT&T (T) Labs CEO and President Keith Cambron was on the call discussing deployment trials the telecom giant has been doing with the CRS-3. CRS-3 (pictured here) will be available within the calendar year, said the Cisco execs on a press and analyst call this morning.