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AT&T and Operation Chokehold…it’s NOT TERRORISM!!!

Alright. Okay. I can’t take it anymore.

Since when does organizing a revolution or a protest or whatever you want to call it constitute TERRORISM! (“Oh my gosh, he said the ‘T’ word, everybody PANIC!”

I read a tweet earlier today that likened Operation Chokehold to terrorism. At that point, I had an embolism and twitched my eye for an hour solid. I tweeted a few choice words intended as a response. But before we reveal those words and also the incompetence of AT&T (as though you needed MORE proof) let’s do a little research and knowledge imparting.

What is this “Operation Chokehold”?

On December 14th, 2009, the gentleman who runs the Fake Steve Jobs blog announced the following:

Subject: Operation Chokehold
On Friday, December 18, at noon Pacific time, we will attempt to overwhelm the AT&T data network and bring it to its knees. The goal is to have every iPhone user (or as many as we can) turn on a data intensive app and run that app for one solid hour. Send the message to AT&T that we are sick of their substandard network and sick of their abusive comments. THe idea is we’ll create a digital flash mob. We’re calling it in Operation Chokehold. Join us and speak truth to power!

Initially it was a gag. A joke. And then the media and AT&T got hip and took off with it. Streisand effect anyone?

People said it was stupid to try to take down the AT&T network. “What about the emergency calls!” exclaimed some. Well, just so you know, 911 on AT&T’s wireless network is handled by their VOICE network. The DATA network which Operation Chokehold is set to affect is a DIFFERENT NETWORK!

So now, Operation Chokehold is real and will happen on Friday.

OK, lesson over. Now, my tweets to the terrorism fear-mongers:

Just read a tweet that said #OperationChokehold would be akin to “terrorism”. It’s pronounced REVOLUTION. It’s how our COUNTRY was founded.

Don’t you think everyone panicked when they dumped the tea into Boston Harbor?

So now instead of tea, it’s AT&T’s wireless bandwidth and infrastructure, and instead of water, it’s into the ether.

It’s the SAME thing people. If we cower and do not adhere to principles, then the users will never have recourse.

The colonists didn’t like the “services” the crown provided for the cost. So, they split from England. GET IT
YET?

Hopefully that set them straight. If not, let us try a different approach. How is AT&T reacting to this?

Thanks to my pals at SomethingDifferent.us, I noticed 2 statements from AT&T officials that are pretty much contradictory to each other. This leads me to believe that AT&T has NO BLEEPING CLUE what they are doing, EXCEPT when it comes to screwing their users.

On December 9th, AT&T chairman Ralph De La Vega stated “ The first thing we need to do is educate customers about what represents a megabyte of data” and “ We’re improving systems to give them real time information about there data usage. “ he said “ Longer term, there’s got to be some sort of pricing scheme that addresses the [heavy] users.”

Ok, Chairman DeLaVega is going with every other ISP’s standard tactic and using the 5% using 95% excuse. Well, genius, apparently another in you organization thinks that the users are educated.

“We understand that fakesteve.net is primarily a satirical forum, but there is nothing amusing about advocating that customers attempt to deliberately degrade service on a network that provides critical communications services for more than 80 million customers,” an AT&T spokesman said when contacted by Cult of Mac. “We know that the vast majority of customers will see this action for what it is: an irresponsible and pointless scheme to draw attention to a blog”

Wait. I’m confused. Which is it…our users are dumb or they’ll see the light? Argh.

In conclusion, two things. If you subscribe to AT&T’s data service, SWITCH CARRIERS! iPhone users, I don’t want to hear you complain. Jailbreak, unlock, and find another GSM carrier. (OMG, back to EDGE speed, whatever shall we do? *snicker*)

Lastly, we here at techSPOUT believe you should take part in Operation Chokehold, but don’t be a sheep. Do it because you understand WHY.

“Operation Chokehold” will take place this Friday, December 18th, 2009 at 1200 noon Pacific Time (1500 Eastern, 2000 UTC).

JayEmbee
JayEmbee is a hacker/activist and can be reached through this page, or his Twitter account @JayEmbee.

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December 17, 2009 at 18:30 Leave a comment


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