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I guess I must have read a completely different article than some of you guys, because I didn't see any indication of the US government getting into the ISP business, nor could I possibly imagine that. And as to you guys worrying about the government investing in infrastructure so they can monitor your internet usage.....well, you guys might live in the land of the free and the home of the brave, but if there is any country with a history of out of control agencies spying on its on citizens......

I dunno, seems like a damned good idea to me....invest in economically important infrastructure, while creating jobs and stimulating the economy at the same time. and yes, maybe you should do something about your aging bridges, highways, electrical grid, sewer and water systems and city cores too, but then again, shouldn't we all......

Of course, this is an internal US matter, and none of my frickin business, except, if your government does something to beef up your internet infrastructure, then perhaps ours will too. But let's face it, with a population of less than the state of California, in the largest land mass in the world under one flag, I'm not holding my breath. Perhaps more/better satellites are the answer

Oh, one more thing, that really surprises me. That is the wailing and gnashing of teeth over proposals to charge of overuse of the internet. As a satellite user, I understand that there is a cost involved in moving data. Is that so hard to figure out? The more data that gets moved, the more infrastructure that is required - more wires, more cable, more fibre, more switches, routers technicians, so why should a light user subsidize the data costs of a heavy user. Isn't THAT socialism?
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Oh, one more thing, that really surprises me. That is the wailing and gnashing of teeth over proposals to charge of overuse of the internet. As a satellite user, I understand that there is a cost involved in moving data. Is that so hard to figure out? The more data that gets moved, the more infrastructure that is required - more wires, more cable, more fibre, more switches, routers technicians, so why should a light user subsidize the data costs of a heavy user. Isn't THAT socialism?
I think usage based pricing plans make sense- the problem is when they WAY overcharge for it. I am in the central united states- bandwidth is cheap. (My computer engineer roommate has researched this) A 100% or 200% profit margin would be fine, it is just bad when they are charging you 10x or more what it costs them to provide your bandwidth...

Heck, I would love a usage based plan when I graduate and get an apartment. I could cut down on my costs when needed by not gaming online etc, disabling images on web pages, and so on.
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I'm glad everybody is reading the article....

All this is is the government trying to free up the wireless spectrum, then in turn auctioning it off to the wireless companies (think ATT and Verizon), so that make the infrastructure. Also it is just going to be more 4G cell network so you will still be paying the companies for access.
Read the article? But, but, but I read the headline. Isn't that enough information for me to make broad extrapolations and wild-eyed theories?
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post #54 of 73
This is awesome. I doubt it will be that great of service though. I am paying $70 for internet right now. I could do without that bill.
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Hmm, much to do with "Ghoulsbee" in northern Michigan praising wireless and all the money to come from it, now that "net neutrality" is ignoring wireless. Crackpot, tinfoil hat'r, whatever you call it, seems kind of obvious.

*edit* Gotta laugh at to not mention politics.........Obama Reveals National Wi-Fi Plans, Claims it Will Cut Deficit by $10B US
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Originally Posted by xenophobe View Post
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Obama wants to spend $20 Billion dollars to give potato and corn fields 4G access.

+$27.8B USD (auction proceeds, after partners' "cut")
- $ 5.0B USD (4G deployment one time expense)
- $ 3.0B USD (WIN fund)
- $10.2B USD (Public safety network)


We really need to spend $10 Billion on a public safety network?

Excellent translation...

Now lets talk about that Public Safety Network...

Are we just dismissing the Police all together, or do you have some fancy way of preventing crime or something?
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This is awesome. I doubt it will be that great of service though. I am paying $70 for internet right now. I could do without that bill.
If you think that's expensive, wait till 2012..
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wifi everywhere I go?
Sign me up!!

I can careless if the government is tracking me.
I dont see a really bad con beside taxes, and even then, I would rather the high taxes to better the country then pay a high cost to a single company that only wants to benefit themselves, without rebuilding their own structures
Wouldn't wi-fi everywhere upset cellular service providers? There would be no point to 3G/4G/etc. Well, other than those places where the landlines/fiber just aren't there.
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Yeah... no, this won't work.
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blah blah...WIFI EVERYWHERE?

i'm in. would make the PSP 2 amazing.
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