Legislation and free internet

September 6, 2010 at 20:43:19
Specs: Windows 7, athlon x2 4000
Is anyone here up to date on politics/legislation and can point me in the direction about the issue of free internet? I want to read about the possible house or senate bills pertaining to the AWS-3 spectrum. From what i'm reading, this spectrum allows wifi at @700 kbs, although slow its enough for people to access emails and text documents. There is talk about using this space to give people free wifi, what has been planned/tried or going to happen I would like to study up on :)

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#1
September 7, 2010 at 04:04:09
What free internet? You probabaly must be reading old news.

On Friday, August 27, 2010, the FCC gave up pushing AWS-3 spectrum public interest rulemaking (to the delight of the telecommunications giants) and went home for the Labor Day week (not weekend).

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#2
September 9, 2010 at 03:27:40
isn't there free dsl with ads already available? it's not wireless though.

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#3
September 9, 2010 at 05:42:49
Not likely.

Think about this.

What company in the world is going to invest millions of dollars into creating a highspeed internet service and then just give it away?

If the government tried to legislate any internet providers into giving it away for free they'd shut down and tell the gov't to provide it for free itself (I sure would!). If that ever happened, your taxes would go up to pay for it and in the end, you'd still pay for access.

What it comes down to is, do you work for free? NO!

So why should the ISP's?

I'm simply amazed at how many people who live in a country who's economy is based on free enterprise can't do this simple math themselves....

LOL

Heck, I bet even communist countries like China have to pay for their internet access.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#4
September 9, 2010 at 08:25:22
Obama said poor people need internet access too! Although they seem to be able to afford computers, HDTVs, cellphones, cable service with all the bells/whistles, not to mention "bling", they can't afford food or internet? Don't worry, the working Americans will provide for those who can't (or won't) fend for themselves. The redistribution of wealth is what this administration is all about (see Socialism).

"Having a connection to fast, open and affordable Internet is no longer a luxury – it’s a public necessity. But America is suffering from a “digital divide.” Tens of millions of people – more than 40 percent of the country – can’t get online because they can't afford a connection or can't access high-speed Internet where they live. Consider the facts:

- Only 35 percent of homes with less than $50,000 in annual income have broadband, while 76 percent of homes earning more than $50,000 per year are connected.
- Nearly 20 million Americans live in places that are not served by a single broadband provider, while tens of millions more live in places where there is just one provider.
- Only 40 percent of ethnic minority households subscribe to broadband, while 55 percent of non-Hispanic white households are connected."

Free internet access for all ! (unless your annual gross wages exceed $50k).

http://www.npr.org/templates/story/...

http://www.internetforeveryone.org/


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#5
September 9, 2010 at 10:16:26
Good luck with that.........LOL..........I wager this will be talked about a lot. But I bet it still be "being talked about" years in the future without ever being made a reality.

I know if I owned an ISP, I'd flat out refuse to give it away free. The government would have to pass new laws to force me to do so and then I would offer to sell my business to the government for a reasonable amount of money so they could give it away for free if they felt like it. All I know is, I'd get out of the business.......fast.

Why should they (present providers) have to give it away when it's cost them millions to setup and costs millions to maintain.

How about instead of giving "poor" folk free internet, instead get them a job so they can afford internet too! This makes sense to me. If you're a lazy horses behind who doesn't want to work, why should you get any of the "extras" life has to offer. There are a lot of poor folk out there whom I imagine would much rather have a good job than free internet.

As you pointed out jam, most of those "poor" folk have all the other electronic toys available today. If they can afford those, then certainly they should pay for their own internet access.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#6
September 9, 2010 at 11:00:02
Curt R: If that ever happened, your taxes would go up to pay for it and in the end, you'd still pay for access.
I pay $115 a month for my basic, standard cable Internet. I'm fine with this plan.

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#7
September 10, 2010 at 07:56:29
Ouch!

$115/month is well.......scary!

There must not be any competition in your area.

I pay around $40/month for a 6 Mbps ADSL connection. I checked online and in the big city nearest me (the small town I live in doesn't get cable - it's too small.....lol), a basic highspeed cable connection is around $20/month for a 1.5 Mbps package. You can get faster packages up to around 100 Mbps, but you do pay more for those......of course.

About 10 years back I had cable highspeed for a while. At the time I think I paid around $50/month for 1.5 Mbps of bandwidth. They kept asking me to buy cable TV from them too. I never did. Mainly because I had a splitter I put in the line in front of the cable modem. I discovered when I ran a cable from the splitter to my TV, I got the basic cable channels along with the internet...........

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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#8
September 10, 2010 at 08:41:47
Ok I'll jump on the band wagon. All of the troubles in the world today can be directly blamed on that damned socialist Obama. By the same reasoning however all the trouble in the world for the eight years prior to Obama taking office can be directly blamed on that greedy Bush!

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#9
September 10, 2010 at 13:21:15
Doesn't the concept of free internet mean at libraries and such? Does it have to mean in each person's home?

I don't think that's feasible or even fair.

On the other hand I'd love to see the current ISP's get their wangs knocked into the dirt for their consistent rape of their customers.

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#10
September 12, 2010 at 05:43:59
Doesn't the concept of free internet mean at libraries and such?

That's a wonderful idea.

The province I live in in Canada has a "provincial fibre optic network" in place. It gives great deals on access to libraries, schools (all kinds from grade schools up to post-secondary institutes like where I work), anybody in health care and also of course the government. If you as an individual want to start an ISP, you can get a deal on access from them too.

Now, as a network technician in a university, I don't believe we should get our access "free" per se. But the fact that we can have a big pipe (we do) at a fraction of what it would cost if we were a private company makes a lot of sense.

I think grade schools and even high schools should get free access because they're funding is limited to what they get from taxing the working folks whereas post-secondary institutes actually charge tuition and such and frequently get big grants and monies from the government. At least, they do if they're smart and on the ball!

On the other hand I'd love to see the current ISP's get their wangs knocked into the dirt for their consistent rape of their customers.

This happens where there isn't enough competition.

It matters not how straight the gate,
How charged with punishments the scroll,
I am the master of my fate;
I am the captain of my soul.

***William Henley***


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