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12:21 PM on 08/29/2012
This shows the disconnect politicans have with America. There are still millions of Americans, especially older Americans and those living at poverty level or below, who don't own computers and even if they did, probably couldn't afford an internet connection.

The thing about politicians - all of them - is they spend too much time at cocktail parties and on golf courses with lobbyists and not enough time at McDonald's and Wal Mart.
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01:09 PM on 08/29/2012
Older people couldn't care less about the internet. The poor aren't as concerned about the internet as the latte sipping hipsters are. Some people actually enjoy face to face interaction and can make do without all the plastic gadgets you can't live without.
12:14 PM on 08/29/2012
The average person with common sense does not pay any attention to what comes out of the Republican Party, they know they are lies anyway
12:14 PM on 08/29/2012
This is going to contribute to growing chasm between the haves and the have-nots. The Democrats make an effort to reach out to try to help those that can't afford internet access or don't have the skills they'll need.

Nothing in the Republican zeitgeist indicates they would consider doing anything like that.

It's coming down to a choice between "We the people" and "Me"...and "You people"

At some point the growing population of poor people are going to rise up out of sheer desperation.
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01:10 PM on 08/29/2012
because of internt connection??? LOL!!! The only people concerned about the internet are the latte sipping city dwelling white liberals. Everybody else gets alog just fine.
01:47 PM on 08/29/2012
And TV was just a fad. I guess a high school education (sans critical thinking & sex-ed) is the new Conservative standard.

No wonder the GOP is trying to go back to the future - to keep everybody in the dark.
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02:05 PM on 08/29/2012
Yet here you are deciding that other people should not have what you have.
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12:08 PM on 08/29/2012
The free cell phones are from a program, started by GWB. Several states give free cell phones to people receiving welfare. With up to 200 minutes a month. After they use up their free minutes, they have to pay for the overage charges.
12:05 PM on 08/29/2012
Well somehow many poverty stricken people are able to use mobile devices to organize large parties and "flash robs". It is a conundrum.
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12:10 PM on 08/29/2012
Any proof or is this just Faux?
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12:21 PM on 08/29/2012
"Poverty stricken people are able to use mobile devices to organize large parties and "flash robs"???????

What world do you live in?
02:10 PM on 08/30/2012
Do you follow any news not on this site?
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11:53 AM on 08/29/2012
Reminds me of a telephone poll that took place for the 32 election that showed Hoover beating Roosevelt hands down. It nevered occurred to the pollsters that at the hight of the depression only rich republicans had phones. The same applies here. Lifeline for the internet should have the same criteria as lifeline for the phone. You are missing a large portion of the population and their votes count as much as those with the internet. That doesn't begin to address the issue of getting a computer.

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11:49 AM on 08/29/2012
My wife and I are both retired and we don't watch TV news and rarely watch TV at all. Thanks to our PUBLIC LIBRARY we get movies and television series through the library. As good as on-demand and at no cost. And, yes, we are internet users.
-America has the crappiest internet service among the leading countries. I know you have all seen the reports about the quality of service available else where.
- the founding fathers considered information so important that they created a postal service and gave responsibility for it to the 'people's Federal Government'. America gave the internet away to the telecommunications companies and look at what YOU HAVE. Crappy service and rip-off prices.
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11:36 AM on 08/29/2012
INTERNET IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE OF THE RICH!
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12:10 PM on 08/29/2012
Jack Daniels is a right.
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01:24 PM on 08/29/2012
You have the right to continue smoking crack. You have no right to the product of another person's labor.
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03:29 PM on 08/29/2012
WEALTH IS A RIGHT NOT A PRIVILEGE OF THE RICH!
11:31 AM on 08/29/2012
Well it comes as no surprise that the posts below echo the divisiveness we have come to endorse. Just like good schools for all access to basic health care, it seems that some are willing to set aside access to information to feed corporate profits. Strange how the rest of the world can have reasonable charges for broadband while we get to pay a hundred a month for basic service.
Why would a party so busy disenfranchising a large segment of the population want these same people to be well informed? They wouldn't!
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01:13 PM on 08/29/2012
The rest of the world doesn't have reasonable prices for internet, they just have fewer rural areas (because the rest of the world to liberals is lily white Europe).
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11:27 AM on 08/29/2012
people can only listen to so much negativity before the tune out
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11:17 AM on 08/29/2012
The best way to attack this problem is with a petition drive to get municipal broadband/wifi referendums on the ballot in local elections across the country. They don't have to be tax-supported entitlements. The key is that they should be non-profit utilities, chartered and potentially subcontracted by municipal government and owned collectively by the subscribers.

In this way, broadband service could be provided at lower prices, but in the scheme of things low-income households have much greater economic burdens, particularly housing and healthcare but also things like cable television. How many people say they can't afford broadband or a computer yet pay upwards of $100 a month or more on legacy television service?

I'm a progressive in many respects, but people have to get their priorities straight and take responsibility for the tradeoffs they make in managing their household budget. There are things the government can do to make Internet access more affordable and equitable, but I don't think it's the government's job to decide that people should buy Internet service instead of whatever else that money could buy. If they prefer to spend their money on Frappachinos, well, then we've got a cultural problem.
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01:15 PM on 08/29/2012
Some people aren't concerned with having internet service, it doesn't rule their life like many of the white people living in cities. Try to peel a liberal hipster away from their smart phone, you even see them typing away on their smart phones while out to dinner with their significant other.
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11:00 AM on 08/29/2012
In other developed countries, you can get access to high speed Internet and even wireless (in Japan) anywhere you want, even in remote rural areas. This is just another example of the lacking infrastructure that has been badly neglected in the country. A huge reason why the U.S will continue to fall behind economically.
11:07 AM on 08/29/2012
I would guess comparing US Internet access to other large countries like Russia would be a much better comparison. Obviously there are places from The Rockies to the Prairies to Appalachia that may have a few geographic obstacles to this universal wireless network.
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11:30 AM on 08/29/2012
Yes. There's often faster connections to Countries like India than states like Iowa. That makes it easy for companies to outsource to South Korea before hiring teleworkers in South Carolina.
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12:12 PM on 08/29/2012
I deal with software contractors in India fairly frequently.  The phone and internet services there are not better than the US, at least in the areas I communicate with.
11:00 AM on 08/29/2012
These people have no idea how fortunate they are.
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10:53 AM on 08/29/2012
Interesting article. American corporate greed at its worse. I live in Stockholm, Sweden and have a 100mbit/s fiber optic internet connect in my Apartment. Everybody in my building has the same. And I pay 200SK or roughly 30 USD a month. And our system can be updated to have an even stronger mbit/s rate when available.
This is not a luxury. Internet access is crucial for America to keep up with the rest of the industrial world.
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11:36 AM on 08/29/2012
It's free market capitalism, but not on a level playing field. AT&T and Verizon, for example, are more interested in protecting their monopoly positions than expanding & enhancing their networks, because there's no competition to push them, and no federal mandates. Instead, their lobbyists keep getting concessions and public funding (through fees in phone bills) in exchange for broken promises. And they convinced at least 18 states to pass laws prohibiting or severely limiting municipal fiber network, even when they refuse to provide the service themselves. RICO anyone?
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Imagine...no religion too.
11:46 AM on 08/29/2012
Of course. I should have worded it differently. Thanks for the information.
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11:37 AM on 08/29/2012
WE DON"T LIVE IN A CAPITALIST COUNTRY! QUIT BLAMING CAPITALISM!
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Imagine...no religion too.
11:44 AM on 08/29/2012
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10:49 AM on 08/29/2012
The sad fact is that if it is not profitable to provide digital services to certain areas, it will never happen. There are people willing to pay, but the telecoms/cable companies don't want to invest in them.
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11:39 AM on 08/29/2012
And they got some 18 states to pass laws prohibiting municipalities from installing their own broadband with public funds.
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12:04 PM on 08/29/2012
Profitability doesnt stop the some in the military industrail program, whose would be bankrupt in a real competitive market, but in a government subsidized market, they ate guaranteed profit and expenses paid ny the taxpayer, for our defense. The same can happen for access to inghspeed internet. Its like our transportation system which costs us money but we depend on them.