Free Internet at Your Expense for Low Income Families

Discussion in 'Politics' started by Foxfyre, Dec 29, 2010.

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What Do You Think of Providing Free Internet etc. for Low Income Families?

  1. Sure. Why not? Give them all of it.

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  2. OK for free internet etc. IF non educational sites are blocked.

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  3. Federal government charity for any cause is a bad idea.

    32 vote(s)
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  4. Other and I'll explain in my post.

    11 vote(s)
    20.8%
  1. Foxfyre
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    Coming soon for Low Income Folks. . . .Free Internet access and Other Perks

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    So what do you think? Is it a good use of your hard earned tax dollar to provide free internet access, computer instruction, and low cost computers to folks while you are busting your butt to keep a roof over your head, food on the table, and you pay for your internet access and full price for your computer as well as whatever you need to use it?

    Or will the payoff of better skilled and trained people be worth it?

    Would you approve of all porn sites, shopping sites, gaming sites, Facebook, Twitter, etc. being blocked by the internet provider to ensure that the computers will be used only for research and educational purposes?

    Please discuss.

     
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    How much is this program costing the individual taxpayer?
     
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    Your avatar is awesome!:clap2:
     
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    Thanks! But, Gunny will be along at some point in the day to take it down for me....:(
     
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    You tell me. $2.1 million to provide free internet service plus some other perks for one low income housing project in Tampa Fl. How much would that be if all low income housing projects in Florida are included. In all of the southeast? In all of the south? In all of the country?

    The point isn't so much the amount allocated for this project but the precedent being set and the implications of that.
     
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    I dunno, Foxfyre. I'm less enthusiastic about the computers being sold at such a low cost than I am about the internet being provided...but it's possible they worked a deal and are just passing along the low price.

    I'd be happier if the city wanted to embed computer labs in the projects that people could come and use, but I guess this dun set my hair on fire. Certainly does seem likely to lead to some new hope for the impoverished residents.
     
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    There have been proposals before to use government money to bring broadband to rural areas. The customers would pay a cost, as I understand them, but the ISPs are not incentivized to string wire so far away from heavily populated areas.

    I suppose you can argue that broadband is akin to any other utility nowadays.
     
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    FREE PORN FOR 2 YEARS??? :eek:

    I'm quitting my job and moving to Tampa!
     
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    That works out to just over .13/taxpayer based on filings from 2009. Yes, I think I can handle paying an additional .13/year for this program.
     
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    Free internet is available at your public library.

    And at most Krogers and Safeway grocery stores.

    And it is available for a $1 at McDonalds.

    This is unnecessary.
     

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