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September 10, 2004

us falls further behind

The FCC issued a report claiming that the US has "making progress" in it's rollout of broadband internet, despite falling "from 4th to 10th in the world. This is called spin. We're also "making progress in the related area of education. Acces to to tools and knowledge make for a smarter population, exactly what this administration doesn't want and why we're making progreess--an ignorant population votes GOP. Fight the power: get connected.

"A new Federal Communications Commission report found that U.S. high-speed Internet lines had tripled to 28.2 million by the end of 2003 from June 2001, but the country at best was 10th place in international rankings down from fourth, lagging nations like Canada and South Korea."

"FCC Commissioner Michael Copps, a Democrat, said the agency had failed to establish a coherent policy for broadband, sacrificing the nation's rank. He also noted that service was as cheap as $10 a month in Japan for 8 megabits a second versus $30-$50 for 1-3 megabits in the United States."

Posted by parody at September 10, 2004 12:33 PM

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Oh, but those other countries are getting ahead by government subsidies to broadband technology. Such subsidies distort the operation of the free market, restrict our liberty, and empower government at the expense of individuals.

There is a better way. We can all write letters to broadband providers complaining about their failure to invest in network capacity. And we can develop open source broadband networks without interference from the big, bad government.

The government is the source of all evil. Nothing good comes from government.

Posted by: Terpstra at September 10, 2004 03:29 PM

we could.
it would probably work.
whenever some english city has a press conference and says their considering a move to open source, microsoft cuts them a huge deal on new licenses.
i'm told it's based an old irish tactic called boycott.
we could also try the old celtic practice called blackmail.
personally i like writing letters and developing another network using unregulated spectrum--oh, wait, we already did, it's called wi-fi.
shhh, don't tell the whiney lawyer about it! he might bust an ironic blood vessel or something.

Posted by: ffej at September 10, 2004 04:13 PM

And I'm so glad to hear we have a universal broadband network here. Will the wonders of the free market never cease?

As to Ffej's frequent complaints about a lack of access to bandwidth, well, there must be something wrong with his machine. But wait, it's an Apple. There can't be anything wrong with an Apple. . . .

Posted by: GS at September 10, 2004 04:43 PM

ya know everything we are told by the governement, this goveverment in particular, is a lie, the system is the problem, the jail, and the pit of hell

Freedom does not come from the system it comes from what we can create outside of it.

Look for the vastnest of reality instead of the claustraphobia of the system

Posted by: ya know everything we are told by the governement and this gove at September 10, 2004 07:09 PM

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