Shrinking your mobile phone bill

U.S. families spend an average of $139 a month on cell phones — $1,668 a year — up from $127 a month in 2009. Freeing up unlicensed spectrum will shrink your mobile phone bill.

Republic Wireless offers a $5-a-month plan for unlimited talk, text, and data. This plan is dependent on unlicensed spectrum.

Republic Wireless

Scratch Wireless offers free unlimited talk, text, and data. This is also dependent on unlicensed spectrum.

Scratch Wireless

If you are tired of paying outrageous mobile phone bills and want more companies to offer inexpensive mobile phone service then sign the online petition to President Obama, Congress, and the FCC Commissioners which says:

“FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has said that having sufficient unlicensed spectrum (e.g. Wifi) will be key to American innovation and global competitiveness.  President Obama, Congress, and the FCC please free up the unlicensed spectrum and get Americans working again.”

To sign this petition click here:
http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/fcc-congress-free-up

Thank you!

Additional background information:
Lawrence Lessig

There is a corruption at the heart of American politics, caused by the dependence of Congressional candidates on funding from the tiniest percentage of citizens. ~ Lawrence Lessig: rootstrikers.org

There is an important battle being raged in Washington right now over something called quote spectrum. A battle that is extraordinary important to the future of the Internet and one in which the extremists are now prevailing. This is a battle of whether we will sell all spectrum such that access to spectrum is controlled by those who own the property right. If the extremist win then this will destroy the potential for cheap ubiquitous uncontrolled access to the Internet that is increasing spreading throughout the country right now. We need to do something to stop this shift before the shift becomes permanent.

Innovation Requires Empathy and Faith

For several years Peter Denning, co-author of The Innovator’s Wayhas been puzzling over why it seems that our innovation adoption rates are low even though our idea production rates are high. The overall success rate of innovation initiatives in business is around 4%. Yet many businesses report that they have too many ideas and waste precious time and resources struggling to select the ones most likely to succeed and then work them through to adoption. We are idea rich, selection baffled, and adoption poor.

From a Forbes article by Steve Denning we learn that a magisterial study by Deloitte’s Center for the Edge shows the rates of return on assets and on invested capital for 20,000 US firms from 1965 to 2011. It shows that “managerialism” has been steadily failing for the last half century.

Economy-wide Return on Invested Capital

The graphic shows that something has gone so terribly wrong with the US private sector—the supposed engine of economic growth and the supposed creators of jobs. When the best firms have rates of return on assets or on invested capital of, on average, just over one percent, we have a management catastrophe on our hands. An ROA of just over one percent means that firms are dying faster and faster: the life expectancy of firms in the Fortune 500 is now less than fifteen years and declining rapidly.

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Get Americans Working!

Free Up Unlicensed Spectrum
Petition to President Obama, Congress, and the FCC Commissioners which says:
“FCC chairman Tom Wheeler has said that having sufficient unlicensed spectrum (e.g. Wifi) will be key to American innovation and global competitiveness.  President Obama, Congress, and the FCC please free up the unlicensed spectrum and get Americans working again.”
Please sign this petition? Click here:
Thank you!
Some relevant links:
In spectrum that is designated as “unlicensed” or “licensed-exempt,” users can operate without an FCC license but must use certified radio equipment and must comply with the technical requirements, including power limits, of the FCC’s Part 15 Rules. Users of the license-exempt bands do not have exclusive use of the spectrum and are subject to interference.

Health is a Human Right Concert

Health Human Right

The human right to health means that everyone has the right to the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health, which includes access to all medical services, sanitation, adequate food, decent housing, healthy working conditions, and a clean environment.

September 2014
At the World Famous Apollo TheaterApollo Theater

No Fracking in New York

Stop Fracking with Our Water

Hydrofracking will destroy New York’s abundance of fresh water. DO NOT allow the gas industry to drill Marcellus Shale in New York State!

Lester Chambers and his son Dylan will be performing. Lester’s new album Lester Chambers Time Has Come, now available for purchase at lester-chambers.com. A portion of proceeds go to Sweet Relief!

Lester and Dylan Chambers

Lester (right) and Dylan Chambers

Jon Bibbs (JonBibbs.com @JonBibbs)

Jon Bibbs

Honorary Chairman cancer survivor Andrew Shapter

Before the Music Dies

Director, film maker and photographer Andrew Shapter is the creative force behind the critically acclaimed documentary “Before the Music Dies”. The film, which profiles artists like Erykah Badu, The Roots, Eric Clapton, Dave Matthews and Branford Marsalis, was inspired by the need to give musicians a voice in an industry dominated by a pop music influence. The documentary opened up a channel of conversation about the commercialization of the art of music.

Andrew Shapter

Andrew Shapter

Special Guest Speaker Paul Gallay, Hudson Riverkeeper

Anti-Nuclear Dream Team

The Anti-Nuclear Dream Team: (l-r) Former nuclear insider/engineer Arnie Gundersen; conference organizer Torgen Johnson, former Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan, Hudson Riverkeeper Paul Gallay, Ralph Nader, former NRC Commissioner Peter Bradford

Lezlie Linder

In Memory of Lezlie Linder

No Fracking in New York