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Originally Posted by andrews2547 View Post
15-20 mbps sucks seeing as most of the people I know gets 30 mbps+ from their ISP
hey hey i still have 512kbps DSL alright!!! lol
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Originally Posted by kyle-reece View Post
You say that as if you think that the american government gets money from average joe's taxes, newsflash mate, americans don't pay taxes to their government on anything except import and export.
This is the wrong place to discuss how local governments collect taxes. If you want to have a further discussion in this area, feel free to PM me. Thanks, mate!

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Don't make it political.

Free as in low priced, easy/cheap to deploy.

Of course, almost nothing is truly free but this is not the time or place to argue this point.
I have not made it "political", at all. If anything, I have made it grammatical, as you used the wrong term. The term "free" does not mean "low priced, easy/cheap to deploy". It means "costing nothing", which is not how much this will cost to deploy (or even close to as much). Using the wrong term for something leads to confusion, so let's try and use the proper terms. Thanks!

Anyways, tax-payer substituted internet access is a nice idea so long as it doesn't cost too much to actually get it off the ground. It would be rather nice to get some competition in the market as, over here in the San Francisco Bay Area at least, we have two real choices: Comcast or AT&T. Both cost well around 50$ a month for their cheapest package last I checked, and that's just for internet access. Thankfully I don't use a home phone any longer, and don't watch TV, otherwise it'd be coming in closer to 75$ to 100$ a month.

Depending on how power hungry the hardware is, this could also be used to supplement a wireless device (tablet, e-reader, etc) that does not have 3G/3.9G access in places that have support for such a network. The biggest issue I'd see (besides getting the funding for the deployment of such a network, which is always an issue considering the involved factors) would be convincing manufactures that the technology is worthwhile.

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Originally Posted by tx-jose View Post
hey hey i still have 512kbps DSL alright!!! lol
I'm sorry, mate. I have a client that is still using dial up for everything, so whenever I go over to their home I make sure to bring my laptop as I tether it to my smartphone to download any updates and whatnot that need to be downloaded. But hey, if it saves them 40$ a month, why not, if they aren't using it, right?
Edited by Guswut - 4/22/11 at 12:56pm
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Why do I hear all these stories about grandparents getting superfast internet connection and the like?!
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because nobody would care if a 14 yr old got it.


It makes the story more appealing when poor old grandma, who barely knows how to use a computer, but needs to check her Farmville and facebook bank account and let her young grandchild "have some fun on the computer while visiting" is showcased.

And this isn't "superfast" internet. It is fast, but the main thing is the long range wireless part of the story (and the low cost/ "free" aspect).

She is not the only one getting this, it is an entire neighborhood that now has access to this. If the story was about some teenage kid now able to download his pr0n faster and can "hack" the internet, people would be mad.
Edited by blupupher - 4/22/11 at 1:45pm
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Houston TX represent!

Better use WPA2 with a good passphrase
Word. Houston Stand Up!
    
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Originally Posted by Hydraulic View Post
Thats insane. Pretty soon when you go to connect to a wireless connection you are going to have like 50 options, lol.

I assume this will also take a different internal card as well?
Yea, some funny reason people just set up there wi-fi and be done with it. There like 20 Different unprotected W-Fis in my area and 5 with passwords. They dont even disable the broadcast option so you dont detect it til you actually put the info in.

I know alot of you would love driving down my street getting free internet.
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Originally Posted by The_Punisher View Post
Houston TX represent!

Better use WPA2 with a good passphrase
Even WPA2 with a good passphrase and SSID turned off can be cracked without much sweat these days.
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post #48 of 77
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Originally Posted by Phaedrus2129 View Post
WEP encrypted traffic with default password + 3 mile range =
Time to get a wireless receiver on my sigrig... Then AT&T can cut their connections all they want!

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When I see this I envision 1984.

Everyone is just a okay with government running ISPs now even though those same local governments are the very reason why ISPs have decided to skip over towns because the local government wants a arm and a leg for the ISP to be able to lay down lines.
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Originally Posted by Skripka View Post
Even WPA2 with a good passphrase and SSID turned off can be cracked without much sweat these days.
actually your wrong about that.

The thing i find very interesting about these community internet programs is the lure of someone who wants to stay anonymous, hops on the internet doing some malicious work and then just leave. at that point it would be virtually impossible to find the culprit.
    
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