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  •  IMO, when physical realities make it hard (9+ / 0-)

    for private companies to compete for your business, like in utilities, mass transit and natural resources, those entities should be non-profit and controlled by the government, i.e. you and me.

    If there's going to be a monopoly, then it better damn well be one that we can control democratically.

    Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

    by La Gitane on Wed Apr 09, 2014 at 03:08:49 PM PDT

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    •  There's nothing stopping you from (1+ / 0-)
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      Bluefin

      starting an initiative in your town to provide low cost internet, is there?

      Municipalities are doing it all over the country - prividing both wireless and hardwired access.

      Or, do you want someone else to do it?

      •  I'll just do it in my spare time. (1+ / 0-)
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        I live in San Diego, the 7th largest city in the country. Give me a break - so we can't have opinions about something if we don't just change it ourselves? Wow...

        Money should be treated like any other controlled substance; if you can't use it responsibly then you don't get to use it.

        by La Gitane on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:21:13 AM PDT

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      •  Except that... (1+ / 0-)
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        thanatokephaloides

        This will most likely bankrupt the town.  There have been several municipalities that have tried to bring broadband to everyone - setting up wireless networks or wireline networks.  And they have been sued by private providers for providing 'unfair' competition.  In several cases, the private companies win.  Even if they don't, it still cost the municipality millions in fending off the suites.  

        “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.” - John Steinbeck (Disputed)

        by RichM on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 09:32:09 AM PDT

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      •  actually, there IS something stopping us (2+ / 0-)
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        Something called "lawsuits" from the monopolists who run the industry now.

        In the end, reality always wins.

        by Lenny Flank on Thu Apr 10, 2014 at 12:37:48 PM PDT

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      •  Private cable companies have seen to it that (0+ / 0-)

        states added laws preventing municipalities from doing just that....secretly of course.  You don't think that they missed that did you?

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