Archive for March 2009

Obama taps Julius Genachowski to head the FCC.

March 5, 2009

As widely expected by most folks who speculate on such things, President Obama has now formally nominated lawyer and former venture capitalist Julius Genachowski to head up the Federal Communications Commission and fill the slot vacated by Bush appointee Kevin Martin. Among other things, Genachowski’s nomination is particularly notable given his support for net neutrality, which he made quite well known during the Obama campaign in his role as a top technology advisor. Of course, if and when he gets confirmed, he’ll also have his hands full with a few other tricky issues, including the widespread rollout of broadband services as a result of the recent stimulus package, and that small matter of the digital TV transition.

Wired Epicenter: Obama Nominates Net Neutrality Backer for FCC Chief.


Interconnection business at large: 1.2-Mile Vodka Pipeline Built Between Russia and Estonia!

March 5, 2009

1.2-Mile pipeline to run spirits across the border. The Russian and Estonian gang smuggled 1,638 gallons of vodka before getting caught.

The 11-people gang—facing now up to five years in prison—did the covert engineering work to avoid paying import taxes and because vodka is incredibly cheap in Russia.

Does anyone need origination services from that pipe?

Telegraph: Smugglers building vodka pipeline.