Sacramento, Calif. (PRWEB) August 14, 2005
Independent Internet service providers that are also members of the California ISP Association (CISPA), the largest state association of ISPs in the U.S., responded strongly today to comments made on Monday, June 27, in Culver City, California, by John Miller, an employee of the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) who said he spoke on behalf of the Chief of Police in favor to the merger of SBC and AT&T within California.
Mr. Miller, stating that he held the post of Deputy Chief and that he was speaking on behalf of the LAPD Chief of Police, made the following public comments:
"The Department of Homeland Security has informed the Los Angeles Police Department that the best communications for the security of the city is a single strong telecommunication system. . . . The SBC / AT&T merger is the best option for the City of Los Angeles. . . . Al Qaeda is still a threat to Los Angeles. We need this merger for national security."
CISPA members in attendance, some of whom have served as communications officers within the U.S. military, search and rescue and the U.S. Coast Guard, were skeptical that the Los Angeles Police Department would support such statements. Most ISPs know that failure within a single-point communications system would result in great loss of life should Los Angeles suffer a catastrophic event.
CISPA members also were offended by the LAPD employee's use of the "Al Qaeda" threat in order to promote the business agenda of SBC, a large Texas-based corporation.
CISPA members have sent letters to all members of the Los Angeles City Council and the Mayor-elect, asking for an investigation into this matter with the LAPD. The letters cites concerns that ethics may have been violated and concerns for the safety of the citizens of Los Angeles.
The California ISP Association, Inc. (http://www.cispa.org) has more than 100 independent ISP members representing more than 3 million California consumers and businesses. Advocating for the interests of ISPs and their customers since 2000, CISPA provides a unified voice to address legislative, regulatory and consumer issues as well as to support innovation within the ISP industry.
For more information Contact:
Mark Esser or 310-325-5610
Board of Directors
California ISP Association