Diana Scott

Man with a plan

Winning Our Energy Independence: An Energy Insider Shows How
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GREEN CITY Environmental groups have voiced cautious optimism about the California Air Resources Board's new draft plan for fulfilling the legislative mandate of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent from 1990 levels by 2020 and 80 percent by 2050. Read more »

Payphones: the deregulation factor

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The disappearance of pay phones is linked in part to a decision by the George W. Bush administration to redefine what the word competition means.

In 2001, when the Republicans took control of the White House, Michael Powell, son of then–secretary of state Colin Powell, ascended to the top job at the Federal Communications Commission. Almost immediately, the FCC reinterpreted the 1996 Telecommunications Act. The act had sought to encourage competition among different pre-existing technological platforms — landline, wireless, cable, and Internet-based phones. Read more »

Where are all the payphones?

Deregulation and industry greed are wiping out a form of old technology that's a critical lifeline
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When the big earthquake, terrorist attack, or other civic disaster finally hits San Francisco, a lot of people are going to be in for a major shock: their high-tech cell phones and computer-based office telephone systems might not work.

But after the 1989 Loma Prieta quake and after the Sept. Read more »