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dnegri
01:31 PM on 03/13/2010
Oh, oh, oh.....memo from Wingnut Central:

More Evidence That Obama Wants to Implement Socialism!!!

Let this story appear on Yahoo News and that's what you'll get in its comments section. Believe me.
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gypsy508
01:40 PM on 03/13/2010
They have cause to be suspicious about this one. The FCC exists solely because the radio and television broadcasting spectrum is finite (i.e, only one station can broadcast on channel 4 or 92.5 fm for instance) and thus needs regulation which of course just meant that large broadcasters could just lobby the government to keep competition away.

What the FCC's right for tapping into the Internet is, I don't clearly understand but I would be suspicious.
01:47 PM on 03/13/2010
Fiber and wired communications does not use any spectrum.
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LWilkinson315
Taking America forward not BACKwards
01:49 PM on 03/13/2010
Just about every broadcast network offers their tv shows online now- full episodes. There are such things as online only shows now- webisodes(sp?) One can listen to just about any radio station online now. There is a very thin line between the internet and tv/radio these days
03:11 PM on 03/13/2010
Whether it's Socialism is debatable. That would probably depend much on how it is managed and paid for, and who makes the decisions, which are not completely clear yet.

But regardless of the actual implementation, it would not possibly be as efficient or as innovative as a commercial service. Witness AmTrak and the Post Office.

And the control aspects are a little frightening. When I learned that government health care mandates were to be enforced by the IRS, that was enough for me to begin proselytizing against it. Suppose the IRS became the enforcement arm for the FCC, for what you could and shall not do on the internet? The DOJ would rightfully be the choice for enforcement, but they can't find their azzes with both hands tied behind their backs. So who might that leave?
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01:30 PM on 03/13/2010
F~ broadcast media
F~ cable media
? ~ internet media
01:21 PM on 03/13/2010
Hey all you crybaby CONS, the evidence is in, and the private free market has failed to deliver us high speed internet like they have in Europe and Asia. You fools who are complaining about this new decision by the FCC would rather turn the USA into a third world country just so a couple of big telecom companies can continue to rip us off. Keep crying, crybaby CONS, America spoke in November 2008, and we want our country to be competitive with the rest of the world.
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TMS3100
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01:43 PM on 03/13/2010
It's hard to compare broadband speeds in the US with other countries. Japan and South Korea have the highest speeds, but they are more densely populated. It's easier to deliver braodband to dense population areas, not so much so in rural areas.
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LWilkinson315
Taking America forward not BACKwards
01:55 PM on 03/13/2010
They have high speed internet in the middle of rice fields in many Asian countries. Saw a documentary about tech and they showed what looked like "huts" on the outside but inside was the most advanced tech- to help in selling/distributing their product
01:55 PM on 03/13/2010
valid points. Sort of works like mass transportation.
01:52 PM on 03/13/2010
I know of no one who has trouble getting high speed internet.
01:56 PM on 03/13/2010
Vast parts of the rural areas in the U.S. don not have fiber optics and still depend on dial-up.
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sherifffruitfly
01:18 PM on 03/13/2010
Imagine that. A President who actually wants to improve things in this country. Amazing.
01:48 PM on 03/13/2010
Not sure why he needs be be involved is the only question I have.
02:40 PM on 03/13/2010
Yeah, why does the NATIONAL President need to be involved with NATIONAL projects. Crazy.
socialtalker
this micro-bio is a great idea!
01:54 PM on 03/13/2010
he will do it as long as there are no corporate interests to conflict with it.
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EWeiss
04:42 PM on 03/14/2010
The telecoms are already fussing about it.
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jabailo
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01:11 PM on 03/13/2010
I using a Clear wimax from SeaTac airport right now.

America already has wireless broadband its called Wimax and a single antenna can cover 30 square miles.
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TMS3100
Tea Party has run off with his light saber.
02:00 PM on 03/13/2010
It's pretty cool huh? Smart phones work almost everywhere these days.
02:41 PM on 03/13/2010
I grew up in Maine. Have you ever left the state? It sounds like you haven't.
02:19 PM on 03/13/2010
MY options for high speed internet are limited . Clear i s not available in my area, neither is Hughes Satillite. So, I'm stuck with either Com Cast or AT&T some choice huh??
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TMS3100
Tea Party has run off with his light saber.
02:51 PM on 03/13/2010
I have Comcast. It's not all that bad. It just seems to keep on working.
01:08 PM on 03/13/2010
Thank you very much Al Gore.
You need another Nobel price.
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01:16 PM on 03/13/2010
Actually, thank DoD.
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01:37 PM on 03/13/2010
actually, thank all the math ,science, electronics, materials
nerds and geeks, who protected their pockets and diminished their vision in garages and workshops.
bravo engineers.
who read the literature, push the envelope, are creative, and
apply science to benefit human potential.

few here have a military intent, but you never know.
it could have been funded via department of commerce

then we get into proprietary rights and turf wars.
distraction from culture cliques.

take this same template and apply it to food, shelter, healthcare.
01:51 PM on 03/13/2010
Actually thank the defense industry (ARPANET1963).
01:57 PM on 03/13/2010
No, thank science. The only way we can fund anything in this damn country is under the guise of the DoD.
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01:04 PM on 03/13/2010
Yeah, and try providing it for FREE. These companies that charge for it will not see a dime of my money. Thank goodness for 3G. We're only a decade behind Europe and Japan.
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speakingtruth2power
Not motivated by fear & loathing
01:09 PM on 03/13/2010
They still get to listen.
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01:17 PM on 03/13/2010
There are ways around that, if one assumes they always are. And, it's not that hard, as long as you're not suspected of crimes.
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TMS3100
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02:01 PM on 03/13/2010
Are you saying you want it for free?
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02:18 PM on 03/13/2010
Well, we pay for it in our plans, so I meant no additional charges. When in public, we should not have to pay for it.
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valboski
01:02 PM on 03/13/2010
Reimagine????? is that like transfroming????? Does this give government control??????will they tax it????You betcha!
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FZliveson
Beating the Conundrum
12:47 PM on 03/13/2010
Oh Gee, Ya mean?

Exactly what area of "governing" are the Federal talons grasping success out of the jaws of failure?

You're saying that the FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, which screwed up the post office and allowed it to be semi-private, now wants to go into competition with its own failure?

There is already way too much federal control in our lives and it must stop expanding and start retreating and soon.

http://billstclair.com/Wild_Pigs.html
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speakingtruth2power
Not motivated by fear & loathing
12:55 PM on 03/13/2010
Your story line of strongly supporting smaller government
would be more sincere if you had not actually voted for W!
(if you didn't V4W, your message is even more confusing)
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FZliveson
Beating the Conundrum
02:35 PM on 03/13/2010
You talkiin' to me speakingthreuth2power? Did your message get mis-placed?
You lost me. I was buffaloed by Bush the 1st time, after watching Clinton sell us out to China (acting like a "normal" Republican would have). But not the second time.
Cheers
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Dynamohum
01:24 PM on 03/13/2010
You don't have a clue!! The airwaves and cable/fiber optice spectrum has to be MANAGED and fomally assigned by ONE entity. The government created the internet, can't do anything right, huh? Stop being so brainwashed by FAUX and internet blog carp.
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gypsy508
01:43 PM on 03/13/2010
And how exactly did TV and radio turn out? I wouldn't trust the FCC to run anything. It is an easily bought governmental body.
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TMS3100
Tea Party has run off with his light saber.
01:45 PM on 03/13/2010
The government funded the project, but the internet didn't grew until it was commercialized.
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JAL12
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12:47 PM on 03/13/2010
I have a new name for our country: America The Friggin' Hopeless (or Clueless or maybe just Greed and Stupidity Central)
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crablover
12:45 PM on 03/13/2010
Back in the '90s, I worked with a telecom trade association that represented small and rural telephone companies and co-ops that provide service to the areas left unserved by AT&T and other mega-telecom companies.

We pushed hard for government subsidies to help advance broadband connections to rural America. It's really great to see that it may soon happen! The opportunities for education, tele-medicine and business development will give our economy a much needed shot-in-the-arm and make small town and rural living a more attractive lifestyle than the big city.
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01:00 PM on 03/13/2010
Agreed!
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01:24 PM on 03/13/2010
Broadband in rural areas is one of the most important things we can do as a country.
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VotingPresent
Read in all57states
12:42 PM on 03/13/2010
If we supply access to everyone, what do we do if they don't have computers? Should the government supply computers as well?
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Scribe57
It would take too long to explain.
12:50 PM on 03/13/2010
If we supplied roads, what do we do if they don't have cars? Should the government supply cars as well?
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Read in all57states
12:54 PM on 03/13/2010
Ask the UAW if that is a good idea.
01:56 PM on 03/13/2010
No we should up their burden by forcing them to pay more through sales taxes, etc. to provide for the infrastucture that allows those can afford cars to drive them on roads they haven't paid to develop.
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12:51 PM on 03/13/2010
Some people ask some of the most ridiculous questions.

I guess if this country could supply you access to electricity, you want the government to supply the house too.
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VotingPresent
Read in all57states
12:53 PM on 03/13/2010
Yes, of course. Don't so selfish and uncaring.
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TMS3100
Tea Party has run off with his light saber.
01:46 PM on 03/13/2010
You don't care about the people do you?
12:41 PM on 03/13/2010
The thought police are about to strike and the sheep will bah............... along as usual.
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12:50 PM on 03/13/2010
bah bah bah..we are poor little lambs who've lost our way...bah bah bah.

Look, some are still struggling after being bushwhacked! bah bah blah!
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stdeclan
12:39 PM on 03/13/2010
Considering we're already a decade behind high speed countries like Finland and South Korea in ten years we'll probably be...um, ten years behind.
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JAL12
Patriot, Humorist, Guy
12:44 PM on 03/13/2010
You are right. In other countries the internet is much faster and cheaper. America must squeeze every dollar out of its citizens all the time, even if the service or product is crap. I guess this is a start though.
12:37 PM on 03/13/2010
cool!