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    thethinveil, CMYK

    (at least the big companies) have unreasonable monthly caps.  In addition, many of the services you mention aren't "broadband", by the definition of the term that's useful for providing services to municipalities, hospitals, and many telecommuters.

    I have heard a few good things about Clearwire, however they are only available in very limited areas, and most of those are urban and already served, as well.

    •  Some With Caps (1+ / 0-)
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      True, some wireless or satellite systems have caps, with the worst being Hughes Satellite, which is why I said it was awful. But the new Apple Tablet 4G is another way to get broadband, as are iPhone, Blackberry and other smart phones.

      I see no reason today that anyone, regardless of where they live, should have to contend with dialup, unless they're just not with it.  And to say that lower income people may not be "bright enough" to know about their alternatives, I also think is ridiculous.  After all, if they have a computer and they're using dialup, they're "bright enough" to figure out alternatives.  You're insulting their intelligence.

      Further, if they don't want to get broadband in their home, and the computer they own is a laptop, they could just go and sit in a Starbucks or a public library for a few hours and have all the free WiFi broadband they want.

      Wireless is THE wave of the future and we shouldn't even be thinking about hard wiring rural areas.  It's a foolish and unnecessary expense.  The Chinese realized that about their telephone system a decade ago and now they use their wireless system for widespread broadband as well.  We should be doing the same; the infrastructure of wireless access just about everywhere in the US is already pretty much in place.  It simply has to be enhanced and expanded.  That's a lot better than tearing up the countryside laying cable everywhere.

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