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  •  the underpinning of this plan (11+ / 0-)

    holds the assumption that increasing the access to all, reduces the overall cost to all. Not to mention improves the possibilities of commerce, education, healthcare, and media access to those who are isolated and underserved.

    A bit like the argument over healthcare.

    There are several UN studies that show that developing nations that have adopted a broadband plan are achieving significant strides in the areas mentioned above.

    It doesn't have to start out as broadband to every home. In some cases all it might take is funding the development of a single or a handful of broadband nodes closer to remote areas to allow more opportunity for WiFi and WiMax to expand, or to supply community centers, libraries, and kiosks with faster internet connection.

    "We are one, after all, you and I, together we suffer, together exist, and forever will recreate each other."
    Teilhard de Chardin

    by exmearden on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:17:00 AM PDT

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    •  When ASMs first came into being (1+ / 0-)
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      in the early 1980s they were supposed to bring down the cost of banking.  The assumption was that ATMs were cheaper for the bank to operate than having  live tellers.  But it didn't take long before banks started charging ever higher fees for ATM usage, claiming they were costly to maintain.
       So I'm not holding my breath that the "free market" will oblige with lower internet access fees just because it becomes more wildly available.

      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 11:10:18 AM PDT

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    •  Sorry, typo - s/b ATM, not ASM (1+ / 0-)
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      My Karma just ran over your Dogma

      by FoundingFatherDAR on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 11:11:09 AM PDT

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    •  Agreed. Promoting broadband is just like (1+ / 0-)
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      promoting any other utility/industry.

      Unless it's regulated to make it affordable for all, it's not going to be a game-changer.

      It's just going to suck money like all other utilities, and those who have will have more and those who have little, will have less.

    •  Absolutely (1+ / 0-)
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      Computer/Internet access at community centers, libraries, and schools is a huge positive step for a community.

      Rural schools especially benefit from broadband, because now those kids have access to quality instruction in all kinds of obscure areas, even if no one else at that school is studying calculus, or statistics, or French, or Cantonese, even if there is no live teacher qualified to teach the subject.

      Fry, don't be a hero! It's not covered by our health plan!

      by elfling on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:23:15 PM PDT

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