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Fight Against Telkom!

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Fight Against Telkom!
Submitted by capdog on Wednesday, January 17, 2007 - 18:00

There is a company in South Africa that has done more damage to the economy than anything else - a government owned entity with a monopoly over telecoms and a hell-bent desire to fleece citizens; while simultaneously posting record profits and lining the pockets of it's BEE investors. Guess who? Telkom of course. Until now, there has been little public activism, but that's changing on Friday, when we will publish a full-page advert in the Mail & Guardian denouncing Telkom's demonopoly.

By "we", I mean the Telecoms Action Group (www.tag.org.za), who have devised this plan based on the successful "Spread Firefox" campaign in the United States. With money raised solely from donations, the American campaign took out a double page spread in the New York Times, urging people to try the free "Firefox" web browser. It was a huge success.

For the last few months, the TAG non-profit organisation has collected R60 000 in donations from the public (durbanscouts.za.net has contributed R200), and will now be purchasing the once-off advertising space in this national newspaper.

The aim is to educate people on how Telkom, aided by the government and ICASA, has chained the IT economy to the ground with it's exorbitant prices and poor service.

The advert itself has not been released, in order to keep it secret from Telkom who may attempt a rebuttal in the same issue of the newspaper. I'm sure the content will be scathing and highly appropriate!

Even this humble website is managed using a GPRS connection on a cellphone! Broadband is just not an affordable option to the average person, something that is unacceptable in a developing nation that needs all the connectivity it can get!

Since I believe this affects every one of us, I urge you to buy a copy of Friday's Mail & Guardian, and show the advert to all your friends and family. We need to take a stand against this bullshit!

see also:
www.hellkom.co.za
www.myadsl.co.za


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Subject:  telecoms gestapo
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  18 January, 2007 - 07:10

yeah, right on, totally support any and all activities to educate, and motivate revolutionary action against Telkom, and their ironfist telecoms policies in SA.

I saw part of an interview with the one guy from TAG, and the one point he made stood out:

- When asked so what of telecoms for lower income sector of population, ie basic telephony services?

Telkom in its licensing conditions is meant to supply x amount [ie 16 000 or something] of new lines to poor communities at its cost as part of a development clause. If they miss this target they are liable for an approx R15 million fine.

For the last few years Telkom hasnt even bothered doing anything, and ends up being called in front of ICASA, being fined the R15 mill, and laughs it off, cause its operation profit is in the Billions of Rands !

If that isnt monopolistic arrogance I dont know what is

If it were possible I would take even more extreme measures and really try everything to take Telkom down and out...so any hackers and crackers out there reading this...you know the target...

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  Great point. My favorite
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Author:  capdog
Date:  18 January, 2007 - 07:26

Great point. My favorite snippet of info is the comparison between cellular technology and fixed-line Telkom.

In the past, government backed Telkom (by giving them a monopoly) to provide connectivity to the masses, and left the cellular companies alone, because it was a "luxury device", not deemed worthy of interference.

What happens? Like you say, Telkom has done absolutely nothing to improve the plight of the people, and the 'free' cellular market (yay capitalism) now provides a brand new, basic cell phone and starter pack for about R350.

Cell technology is the major enabler of communication in rural communities.

Government = crap


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Subject:  Telkommunism
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Author:  DeanRichards
Date:  18 January, 2007 - 09:42

I think it's still true that 2 cans attached to a piece of string strung between neighbouring properties is technically illegal. That's progress for you!


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Subject:  WELL DONE
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Author:  Kiddles
Date:  20 January, 2007 - 13:28

Its about time something has been started in this country, and the problem of Telkom's over pricing has been around for ages.

But it is no secret, its simply that no one can do anything about it. The topic was broadcast on Carte Blanch a while back advertising Hellcoms efforts to topple the giant.

The end of year profits are disgusting. And with very little injection back into the community, just back into the directors pockets. But Help is on the way, NEOTEL to the rescue! quickly Google it now! NEOTEL is currently setting up for its scheduled release later this year sometime. However, it will primarily focus for major businesses first before winding down to everyday user level. The brilliance of it is that it is going wireless, so no fee will be charged fort he use of the extensive network of the so yesterday telephone cables laid down by Telkom. This is supported by a back bone of fiber optic cables stretching the continent and going up the Mozambican coast eventually
linking us to the main world such as England, India and our allies the red bastards, the Chinese!

Wireless mean reaching to the rural parts of the country too, just with South Africa's climate the connection speed is weather depending,
so a rain cloud will affect your connection.

It will take time, but its happening, in the mean time, worship Skype.

Oh and Capdog, im typing this using my phone connection too :P

_________________________________________________________
This country is going to the dogs...and I am that dog!


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Subject:  TAG advert in M&G Fri 19th
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Author:  kliktrak
Date:  22 January, 2007 - 08:50

cool just checked the Mail & Guardian from Friday

cool to see the TAG advert
[nice credit for Durbanscouts in the footer along with the other sponsors of the ad]

Capdog - you should add a link to or banner type spot for them on Durbanscouts methinks, be a great cause to promote, and one that affects all of us ? ie wouldnt more DScouts post articles/comments if they had better/cheaper/free connectivity ?

KLIKTRAK
http://kliktrak.partychief.com


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Subject:  Yeah I know it would be
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Author:  capdog
Date:  22 January, 2007 - 12:17

Yeah I know it would be cool, but I'm trying to resist having banners on the site for as long as possible. I also don't think their website is as informative as Hellkom's is, and most people have seen that.

What I should do is support their next initiative, when it comes around.


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Subject:  Aw, just take that kak
Author:  hedmekanik
Date:  23 January, 2007 - 06:15

Aw, just take that kak banner off the top of the page and stick the TAG in, come on guy....:}


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Subject:  Hehe :)
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Author:  capdog
Date:  23 January, 2007 - 06:20

Hehe :)


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