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  • #46
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    Free health care for all is unfair competition with health insurance providers by government. Free wi-fi for all is not unfair competition.
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    This is something I pay for anyway. And the biggest wireless providers are all big financial supporters of women's reproductive rights and Gay rights. So they would just be cutting off their nose to spite their face anyway, lol
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    @hwyangel My biggest concern might be , what has the goverment EVER done efficiently and effectively for any period of time? I can see all kinds of
    $250.00 toilet seats coming in to play.
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    Oh yea, more 'free stuff' from the Obama stash fund. Loving this $.15 cent a gallon increase in gas over the last week.
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    @fistv and guess what... you still pay a lot less for gasoline than i do. so what? i say that if you don't want to pay for gasoline, then you should use mass transit.
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    This creates a real dilemma for cash strapped Americans doesn't it? You can dump that 99.00 a month phone bill/internet bill and let the govt run the system which means just like China the govt will censor the net "for the good of all". You can say you support no more porn to protect the children. Then when the govt swoops on your child for downloading an illegal movie you'll be pissed at what it costs you to get out of that one. When the govt can't protect you from hacker groups you'll be bent. Imagine, right now those hacker groups can get in pretty much anywhere they want but you're not at real great risk because there are so many services around the country that it's just bad luck if they happen to stumble onto you personally. Not so with a govt wi fi. EVERYTHING is all neatly bundled for the hackers on one service. They have EVERYTHING once they hack that. And you don't suppose our govt would expand their warrant-less listening in on our phones to include everything on the Wi Fi do you?

    No thanks.
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    Nothing is free . How are installation and maintenance costs going to be paid for?
    Companies like Comcast & Time Warner will lose millions in revenue . Stockholder reaction? Lobbyists should be able to buy to buy enough votes to kill it
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    One thing, though...ask how we can filter our computers from things lurking out there. I the government cannot protect the Pentagon computer net, they damned sure cannot protect all of us. And, what controls will be put onto this system to let big brother decide what is to be accessed? Just food for thought.
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    One other thing....will this be their way to tax the internet? Will there be a federal logon fee? What equipment will we need...such as modems furnished by a poliitical cronie?
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    hopefully no controls at all... just like the major wifi sites in cities like nyc, and citywide wifi systems in many places. nobody is 'protecting' you now, why should that change?
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    @dances-weebles Well, How do you think countries like Iran and China control their internet service? Or North Korea? They can flip a switch, so to speak, and shut it down. Look at systems like AT&T U-Verse...you can filter things you don't want. I'm not saying that our government wants to control our use of the internet...but, this is a first step in that direction. Right now we enjoy free use of the internet without great government control because ISPs compete for our business...that is known as free enterprise and we have very reliable service because of that competition. Considering the mindset of present administration in Washington DC, we know that free enterprise is not agreeable to their end goals. And, I guess poor ole Al Gore is still complaining that he did not get his "royalties." LOL
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    @seedtick there was a time when internet communication was only for government and banking use. now look at it.

    and i'm getting heartily sick of people spouting this dogma about 'the current administration' wanting to 'take over the world'. joe biden and mr. obama are definitely not pinky and the brain.(that was more like bush/cheney)
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    @dances-weebles Be cool now, Weebles. I did not say that the current administration wanted to "take over the world." But, remember, Reverend Jeremiah Wright's congregation member, Barack Husssein Obama, has been in power for four whole years...everything belongs to him and him alone. And, we are told everyday that all of this "good stuff" being done is his doing. Well, most of us have enjoyed all of this "good stuff" we can stand.
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    anything the federal gov offers free especially wifi that transmits and receives, will
    have strings. another way to keep that big eye on you!!
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    I agree with you, and attempt to use it as an excuse to add controls. Let them have this but fight for non sponsored bandwidth that they don't control that way.
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    It amazes me that 63 percent of the people on this site still believe they can get something for free from the government.sheesh.
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    why with all that's happening,especially budget wise,would the government be willing to go thru all the work and expense for internet surfing,,,One ring to bind them,one ring to rule them,,,,,once everyone is on the internet the game is over,chec kmate.
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    First off, those mashed potatoes in the picture look mighty tasty. Secondly, it's not "free" as they like to advertise. No doubt we'll see our taxes go up as a result of this, well those that work and pay taxes will see less money. Meanwhile the TAKERS (i.e. the LEECHES) will hoot and holler over another freebie they undoubtedly did not earn. It's a novel concept and it would open the floodgates of innovation yet again, but in this economy where we are Trillions in debt, we should focus on paying off the bills before we go off spending like drunken sailors again...oh wait....CONgress.....
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    ummmm...I may be wrong, but I think those are mugs of hot chocolate with whipped
    cream and nutmeg/ cinnamon on top.( ;
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    I am waiting for the government to buy up all the cows in the USA and make all the people on welfare milk them and give everyone free milk. There, am I dumb enough to be president yet?
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    I think it's a great idea for the future but right now we have bigger fish to fry. If we are going to continue to build up debt, and we will, lets spend that money investing in our future rather then making billionaires in the military industrial complex richer.
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    @Medicinebow Not to mention what sorts of strings will be attached with the privilege of using this "free" service. There's ALWAYS strings....
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    @PoliticalSpice Who's blaming anyone? I'm not. Although I believe such service is slightly over priced i'm not assigning any blame. The government doesn't provide "free" services.
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    I am not up on the technology to be utilized in bringing this about, but certainly new infrastructure built by the private sector (payed for by the government) will have to be put in place. We live in the information age, the greater the availability to information the better informed will our population be. There are many a backwater in this country where people have few options to choose from in seeking out information. The government builds a roadway system for free access to travel, the government can also promote the development of a free information highway system. Both systems can and will expand our horizons.
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    @Denizen_Kate why does this idea make think of Enders game - whichever book had to do with his brother and sister after he went to train...
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    Really? I mean Seriously. For every last one saying "Theres no such thing as free" How exactly have you NOT heard of Linux and Open source? There most certainly is such a thing as community built and free to use.

    Now aside from trying to turn it into a political conversation, the thought of this is absolutely outstanding and terrifying at the same time.

    Think of our technology. Computers for example. We use physical connections between components to allow the transfer of data and interaction between them. This goes on constantly inside every PC, Handheld, Mac, Tablet, etc. Given that what we do with computers is rudimentary transmitting and receiving command operations and translating data as our wireless network grows physically, so too grows the expansive capability of it. With ever increasing points the web grows from what it is, to more akin to a neural net and in essence we could in fact turn this expansive network into a complex hive mind potentially even with the ability to expand its self and making the network ever more complex and robust that it has no further means to expand and it eventually becomes self aware. This new advancement of a profound artifical sentience becomes a livi... OMG ITS SKYNET KILL IT WITH FIRE!!!!!!
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    Some people will say no because "nothing is free" or "everything has a price".
    Well, duh it will cost some revenue to build and maintain but the benefits are enormous, able to get wifi anywhere, no dependence on paying money to companies in order to use the internet.
    The internet has turned into a global commons. Everyone should have free access to it. Other countries will have to make that decision themselves, but in the meantime America should make the right decision for itself.
  • #133
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    I agreeee We should have Free internet Access, Dont listen to internet companies, they just want money and is becoming really spencif. I think the Federal Gov has a really good idea, Lets see if they pass it :) God bless
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