quote: You can't have a cable modem the size of a small car so you can get enough signal to push 50 Mbps.
quote: But I'm sure you're right. Those streets must all be falling apart. :rolleyes:
quote: Yes I'm aware of the overhead arguements, but the fact is that if it were really true that the private sector could get things done more efficiently than govt., then people like Expnuged wouldn't be crying about all the supposedly 'free' services municipalities supposedly get that he seems to think makes competition unfair. The govt doesn't get stuff for free, the taxpayers pay for it.
quote: How can one argue that govt. is wasteful and inefficient and then complain about unfair competition between govt. and private industry?
quote: Personally I'm happy when I see municipalities stick it to the big telco's and cable co's.
quote: best part is this system is going to be FREE (no add. cost to us end users)
quote: Telephone too. Wait, everyone already does subsidize that. Power. Again, too late.
quote: The plan also calls for citizens being able to use broadband to "track and manage real-time [home] energy consumption," likely referring to smart meter services such as Google's Powermeter.
quote: 100 million U.S. homes....100MBps down / 50Mbps up connection
quote: My choices are Comcast, FiOS, and RCN. I am ignoring DSL. Either way you cut it, its a major ISP with no competition whatsoever. You can expect to pay $50+ for 10Mbps.
quote: Either way you cut it, its a major ISP with no competition whatsoever. You can expect to pay $50+ for 10Mbps.
quote: And the reason there are only a few service providers in any area is because they refuse to build infrastructure without such oligopoly guarantees.
quote: I'm not even sure how that question constitutes a useful reply
quote: Would you invest tens even hundreds of millions into something if you knew the government could sweep it at any moment and lay claim to it or give ownership of it to someone else ?
quote: The government is the REASON there is no competition in your area. So now how is the government stepping in, and giving everyone free broadband going to help your situation ??
quote: But I can tell you're one of those GOP nuts who thinks any form of socialism is armegeddon.
quote: Folks aren't looking for handouts, they're looking for options, free-market and capitalistic ones.
quote: Sure, why not? I like how replacing private toll roads with the Eisenhower System worked out. I liked how requiring the old Bell System to hit areas rural and urban both worked out. I like how the Hoover Dam and the Tennessee Valley Authority worked out.
quote: but leave it out of a discussion of broadband,
quote: You don't have the right to running water, power or sewage.
quote: All we need is a dump pipe with a lot of bandwidth to meet our needs.
quote: Wake up and realize things change and progress.
quote: You're the kind of person that would stand up and fight for the horse buggy market when the car was invent. Holding back progress is the reason why are country is going to shit.
quote: Heh, cool. When you lose your argument on the merits, just start name-calling. Thank you, please play again!
quote: Broadband in Europe is much faster and much cheaper than comparable services in the US
quote: There is nothing wrong with tax if you get something from it.
quote: Of course. The population is taxed to the f'ing brink ! When the government is subsidizing everything, like the way the United States is heading, you would be surprised at what you can accomplish...