Demonstrations were staged in several additional cities throughout the country Wednesday, including Chicago, Boston and San Francisco.
In addition, the group used the opportunity to voice concern over the phone companies' alleged cooperation with the National Security Agency to assemble a large database of Americans' phone records.
Outside AT&T Park (formerly SBC Park) in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, protesters hold up signs telling AT&T to "stop wiretapping Giants fans!" AT&T representatives, who had set up the usual publicity table outside the stadium, decided that not all publicity is good publicity. After being surrounded by megaphone-wielding protesters, they began to pack up.
Activists suggesting Americans switch to the long-distance provider Working Assets surround an AT&T van and marketing table outside San Francisco's AT&T Park (formerly SBC Park). AT&T is fending off lawsuits and congressional questions about its participation in a National Security Agency surveillance program that allegedly scooped up large portions of domestic Internet traffic.
Protesters shout anti-AT&T slogans at baseball fans entering AT&T Park (formerly SBC Park) in San Francisco on Wednesday. Some passersby are skeptical, calling the demonstration a lot of fuss about nothing.
The NYCLU sent a letter to New York Attorney General Elliott Spitzer on Wednesday asking that he investigate the phone companies.
Several organizations in New York City are concerned that the proposed TV franchise legislation before Congress will significantly cut funding for public-access channels in larger cities. But a Verizon representative said the concerns are overblown and that the company has already said it will pay necessary franchise fees and provide public access.
About a dozen activists, some with megaphones, draw curious stares outside of AT&T Park before a baseball game on Wednesday. The San Francisco activists, taking part in the National Day of Out(R)age, accuse AT&T of illegally turning over subscriber records and Internet and voice traffic to the National Security Agency. For its part, AT&T says it cooperates with legal requests but has not otherwise commented on the allegations.