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Sorry then Dave you came across as being facetious. Regardless, I am hardly in a position to offer real competition to the incumbents unless you have about a trillion dollars in venture capital?

I have some radical ideas however involving the Constitution/Eminent Domain to procure right-of-ways so we can use our USF Fees for next generation wired connections

I do however vote daily with my wallet and don't just talk about someone else needing to do something even if it means I go without for the sake of the principal. Come on over to http://www.dslreports.com/ look me up and say hi.
Edited by DoubleK - 4/9/11 at 10:35am
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As a side note and slightly off topic:

http://www.networkworld.com/news/201...rners-lee.html
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If you go to openmedia's website you can see more about how many Canadians ARE putting up a stand. companies such as Teksavvy are also fighting for Canadians.

Why is internet necessary these days? AC and heating during winter don't make sense, they are bad analogies. However, if we take the internet for what it is, it is an information highway. By putting caps on the internet, you are doing something very similar to stifling free speech - not be inhibiting it directly (ISPs want to do that too, but lets not go political and talk about censorship) but by limiting how much free speech we can exercise, and limiting our access to information to make informed opinions.

When companies like bell make a 1000% markup on data, and instead of using their government subsidized infrastructure's income to upgrade the infrastructure, but to increase their more profitable cell-phone infrastructure... well, why should we NOT expect a recourse?

Instead of just saying I hope another company will take care of this for us, we should all remind the companies (and the CRTC) that the rest of the world is ahead of us, and for what? These wallet gouging companies are using their profits not to upgrade their system (places like Val Des Monts still don't have any high speed (unless you count 3mbs as high speed, with a 20GB cap) internet access, and it is HARDLY in the boonies.

So, bring the fight to their doorstep. Send emails to MPs, use the openmedia website to make your voice heard, and more importantly, send emails to the CRTC and everyone you can think of to pass it on!

Anywho, guess I sort of ranted there..
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post #24 of 33
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Why is internet necessary these days? AC and heating during winter don't make sense, they are bad analogies.
You do not need heat in winter to survive either but it increases your chances and is therefore a perfect analogy.

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By putting caps on the internet, you are doing something very similar to stifling free speech - not be inhibiting it directly (ISPs want to do that too, but lets not go political and talk about censorship) but by limiting how much free speech we can exercise, and limiting our access to information to make informed opinions.
It is ridiculous assertions such as these that lead reasonable people to stop reading. Simply put you could not read/communicate enough in one month to pass these caps unless the process involved other rich media such as research, medical or engineering amongst many others.

Netflix however is a perfect catalyst in that caps stifle innovation and screw the average user in the long run. Netflix espouses all of the virtues of capitalism yet has it's existence challenged by a powerful industry that I would argue is racketeering all in the name of protecting the "average user."

I don't know about others but I enjoy Netflix about two years ahead of mainstream being that I want 1080p full resolution and DTS uncompressed. 4 of those movies with my normal internet usage and I have to pay overages now on a service that has seen no tangible cost increase in data transmission?

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When companies like bell make a 1000% markup on data, and instead of using their government subsidized infrastructure's income to upgrade the infrastructure, but to increase their more profitable cell-phone infrastructure... well, why should we NOT expect a recourse?
Markup is in our DNA. Regulation defines democracy.

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So, bring the fight to their doorstep
Support Municipal Broadband.
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post #25 of 33
DoubleK, while most of your arguments are valid and I can agree with you on some parts, I still think you have one fundamental thing wrong:

The Internet is not a necessity.

You base all of this around the statement that we need the Internet to survive, when in reality, an above poster was correct. It is an absolute luxury. However, the difference between hot tubs, lobster dinners, and a Ferrari is that most of us use the Internet every single day and we are so accustomed to it that we see it as a daily ritual or, as you said, a necessary tool to survive.

While I believe that we as a group or as a nation need to do something to combat the ever-escalating prices of bandwidth and usage caps, I also know that we are and most likely forever will be at the mercy of Internet providers. People have taken a stand, signed petitions, wrote to Congress, etc. Unless there is serious competition or government regulation forcing ISP's to either lower prices, upgrade infrastructure, or remove caps, then I don't see that changing any time soon.
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post #26 of 33
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No...just no. Nobody ever died from streaming low quality movies. The internet is more like A/C in the summer. It is a luxury that we mistake for a necessity because it's all we know.

You have never lived in FL have you. AC=need. Heat=optional.

I think what the poster was saying is that internet is quickly becoming just like any other utility. Just like home phone service is quickly leaving that role. Heat is a utility much in the same way internet is. I know when I move that is a major factor for me. No internet=not gonna live there.

By your argument electricity is just a luxury as well. But I bet you consider it a necessity when you move. Its no different.
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post #27 of 33
Detroitsoldier, nothing is a necessity then save for water and oxygen and food.

The internet is a wonderful tool that has the capacity to save time, money and most importantly natural resources. You stream a movie on netflix you just saved the "carbon" of the physical video store and all it and it's employees entail along with you getting there. I am not a "mancausingendoftimes" type person and really wanted to use "carbon" carefully so please do not read to much into that.

Regardless if you ever looked for a job you would quickly realize that it certainly imparts an advantage over those without. With more and more of society, including our government, going online and employers ONLY accepting online applications the internet truly is a necessity if only from an educational and job enriching perspective.
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Just so everyone knows, AT&T is capping internet in May..
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It's easier, cooler and safer to espouse negativity than to offer dialogue.
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