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National free WI-FI for the US

The FCC Chairman has suggested a national free WI-FI system that would be very powerful and available to all Americans.

The 198 Billion dollar cell phone, internet, etc .. industry is actively against this.

This could spur more innovation and WI-FI products.

What is the price tag for anything free from the government. Under Obamacare the government will have access to your bankaccount and this is a means of ensuring that .... and what else.

Just like Obamacare the question is would the federal government be joining a competative market for services. No doubt that we are being gouged, but it is a commercial competative private for profit industry.

Is this a good thing or another step to 1984 and Big Brother?

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    Feb 10 2013: Who remembers when the "Internet" was referred to as the "Information Superhighway?"
    What happened to the Super Highway we were promised, and which we shelled out over a half a trillion dollars for.
    Why does America rank 29th in the world in internet speed? And why do we pay much much more than other countries for the high speed internet, and telephone, and cable access, when we are lucky enough to be wired for service?

    A few answers for the curious:

    http://www.npr.org/2012/09/20/161477162/a-close-look-at-your-bills-fine-print

    Americans are paying high prices for poor quality Internet speeds — speeds that are now slower than in other countries, according to author David Cay Johnston. He says the U.S. ranks 29th in speed worldwide.

    "We're way behind countries like Lithuania, Ukraine and Moldavia. Per bit of information moved, we pay 38 times what the Japanese pay,"
    "If you buy one of these triple-play packages that are heavily advertised — where you get Internet, telephone and cable TV together — typically you'll pay what I pay, about $160 a month including fees. The same service in France is $38 a month."
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      Feb 10 2013: Theodore, I remember the "superhighway". As I recall it was the panacea of the time. I was in the military and we had big plans for this new capability prior to the public announcement. Agencies like the FBI, CIA, etc ... were major players in the development and proposed uses. Just like IBM the government paid for something that private industry jumped on for profit. As to the whys the US lags the other countries ... my theory would be or the ability to raise capabilities one step at a time and charge as much as the market will bear to get the maximum profit for the longest period of time possable. GREED.

      Now a question: Why now. Why has the government decided we could have this technology free after all of these years, Trillions of dollars and millions of jobs would be effected by this decision. So why now. Did the SCOTUS decision that Obamacare is a tax and not a infringement in the comericial world have a impact. Did the advent of Obamacare and the right to have access to your bank account have a impact on this decision. Are we looking at 1984 and Brave New World coming to be and Big Brother is here.

      So why now?

      Thanks for your reply. I wish you well. Bob.
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        Feb 10 2013: Internet access is becoming a utility in much the same way electricity was in the 1900's.
        There is a great advantage to having people sitting in front of computer screens.

        Huxley feared that what we loved, "man's infinite appetite for distraction", will ruin us.

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