Slow computors ? maybe there is a reason

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    http://www.nytimes.com/2011/09/14/us/downloads-are-slowest-in-idaho-study-finds.html?_r=1



    While grants and loans are available to build out the Internet infrastructure, Kerrie Hurd, the broadband liaison for the federal Department of Agriculture Office of Rural Development in Idaho, said the grant requirements could be onerous.

    “Not a lot of communities are willing to put in the application and find the broadband provider, especially when taxpayers want money to spend on an essential service, like fixing the streets and updating the sewer system,” she said.

    A bright spot is the Idaho Education Network, which provides high-speed broadband to all high schools in the state and allows residents and business owners to use the service at the schools. Unfortunately, because of cuts to school funding, some schools are open fewer hours.
     
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    Op-Ed Contributor - An Internet for Everybody - NYTimes.com



    Bush administration the F.C.C. deregulated high-speed Internet providers, arguing that cable Internet access was different from the kind of high-speed Internet access provided by phone companies. Cable Internet access providers, the commission said, really offered an integrated bundle of services — not just Internet connection but also e-mail, Web hosting, news groups and other services. So the F.C.C. declared that high-speed Internet access would no longer be considered a “telecommunications service” but rather an “information service.” This removed all high-speed Internet access services — phone as well as cable — from regulation under the common-carrier section of the Communications Act.

    This was a radical move, because it reversed the long-held assumption that a nondiscriminatory communications network was essential to economic growth, civic welfare and innovation. At the same time, the F.C.C. said that it would retain the power to regulate Internet access providers if the need arose, under another section of the Communications Act.

    The Bush F.C.C. hoped that deregulation would prompt greater competition in Internet access services. But a wave of mergers instead reduced it. Prices stayed high and speeds slow. And eventually the carriers started saying that they wanted to be gatekeepers — creating fast lanes for some Web sites and applications and slow lanes for others.
     
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    Rural broadband is a serious issue all across this country, not just Idaho.
    And this is a big country.

    FYI - First time I clicked that link the story came up. I went back to read it again but it prompted for a login.
     
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    What's a computor?
     
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    dont worry you little black leather bikini about that
     
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    At least I can type a whole sentence, with proper spelling, punctuation and grammar. I'm smarter than you.... but that's not really a big deal. Your dog is smarter than you.
     
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    So, with the F.C.C.'s declaration that high-speed internet access is not a "telecommunications service” but rather an “information service" the issue is not economic but societal.
     
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    It's not just the availability and quality of internet, but health care, education, and transportation. In all these areas America lags behind other advanced industrial nations, who make public investments in these things in order to give the masses better access to information, education, and health.

    Yet we still continue to congratulate ourselves for our superiority as if it were the 50s, when our New Deal government ensured massive investment in education and infrastructure, and America lead the world in nearly every indicator of national and personal success.

    Today, cities like Frankfort put most American cities to shame. From St Louis to Minneapolis, bridges and roads are crumbling, as energy grids fail from San Diego to the Northeast, and light rail - which is a hedge against rising gas costs - remain tragically underfunded. Lets not even talk about education, where China and Germany (places who publicly fund education) are cleaning our clock. We're still waiting for the Reagan promise where the Koch brother fortune trickles down into SAT scores as states like California and NY dismantle their great public university systems.

    Americans were told in the 80s that they no longer had to invest in infrastructure, no need to worry about education or health care or energy because, we were told, the public money going into these things would be better spent if given to the wealthy, who would better allocate the resources. We were told that roads, bridges, trains, energy solutions, education, and health care would trickle down like mana from heaven. Indeed, the market will provide.

    What if this was a lie designed by wealthy people to get lower taxes? What if the grand trickle down experiment has been a failure? What if the money merely trickled upward and disappeared into dysfunctional monopolies and private fortunes, like in the third world where you see concentrated pockets of unbelievable luxury surrounded by a vast wasteland of decaying slums?

    What if the next Hoover Dam isn't coming? What if the market isn't going to do it? Or consider Carter, who wanted government to change energy policy and build a moonshot around using less petroleum so the American economy would not be held hostage to never-ending oil shocks. Tragically, the right convinced us that there was no need to worry about engery: the market would take care of it? But it never happened; the folks pushing for deregulation merely built a monopoly and bribed Washington to crush alternative solutions. A bigger question hangs over us. Has the rightwing permanently destroyed our capacity to return to the "can-do" mentality of the postwar years when Big Government spending built the greatest infrastructure this world has ever seen?

    Did America get punk'd in 1980? Did we merely transfer all our national wealth to a small group of people who now lord over immovable mega-merger monopolies which own Washington?

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    How I wish people still loved this country enough to make it great again
     
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    Leave it to the libs to create a crisis and offer the only solution to be taxpayer money administered by government employed idiots. Are fast computers considered to be the right of all citizens now? Nobody wants to wait for dial-up or pay for satelite service.
     

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