Sources: FCC, Public Knowledge
quote: That is because it is ALWAYS horrible when the gov't steps in. Name one efficient gov't program just one.
quote: Text To hell with the gov't that paid for paved roads or the police and fire departments. Hell even schools suck all of those should be private.
quote: Would you pay to build roads for other people.
quote: I didn't ask why.
quote: that's what AMERICA has said is needed
quote: And they get at least some small amount at the very least from the federal government,
quote: Let's run the instutations that teach and educate our future as a for-profit business. THAT ALWAYS works well.
quote: I don't know where you live, but here, we LITERALLY have a school tax..so we LITERALLY pay a small fee into the school.
quote: Rather then paying a shitload for a private school that has to answer to no one (except for profit hungry investers) and you (assuming you're a non-share holder) has NO say or idea what goes on under several layers of privacy. Perfect.
quote: I think you're right. I harken back to the days of kids working in mines and when the populace was so damn ignorant, it was something south of tragic.
quote: Got to love your libertarian utopia.
quote: STATE and local governments pay for all roads except interstates as well as police and fire departments. They also pay for schools.
quote: But hey that means being responsible and actually having to manage your own money instead of rely on the government for your entire life.
quote: So your argument will be nothing more than semantics. You lose.
quote: The government playing utility is a role that troubles some, but it's an issue complicated by the fact that there's almost 10 million Americans living in regions that the private sector refuses to cover. Thus, there should be plenty of lively debate on this topic.
quote: Cause getting those people online, having them buy, sell and interact on a global level as they like is how a country gets competitive?
quote: Under the Obama adminstration's plan, the estimated $8B USD the USF pulls in annually from U.S. taxpayers is being redirected. The plan, approved by the FCC this week will eventually throw out the old subsidies on poor, rural Americans' phone service. In its place will be two plans, aimed at bringing more modern communications technologies to these folks. The first is the "Connect America Fund", which will direct $4.5B USD annually to funding mobile phone and broadband service to rural areas. The services will only cover areas that private businesses refuse to cover. American coverage Much of America [orange] is not covered by what the FCC defines as high-speed internet (3 Mbps down; 768 kbps up). [Source: FCC] A second fund, "The Mobility Fund", will get $500M USD . This fund will focus its efforts on spreading wireless internet.