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  •  I think the model of electricity (4+ / 0-)

    adoption that I refer to in the post provides a decent argument for better widespread, consistent and faster adoption of WiMax or 4G capacity through public creation. Japan and South Korea have gone this route by governmentally funding the process and have seen immense gains, both in advancements of technological application and innovation in private industry.

    Like electricity, the broadband/WiFi/WiMax paradigm - in my opinion - would shift towards a private sector service in many regions, once there is a support base. Especially if there is an established government intent to create provider/support jobs on the reservations and in rural areas where there is need.

    "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 11:04:06 AM PDT

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    •  I am fundamentaly opposed to government run comm. (0+ / 0-)

      I don't mind government controlling water, or electricity, roads, etc.

      I do have a HUGE problem with giving the government control of something so closely related to free speech. Every law that the government has passed relating to the internet has both the intent and effect of making the network less free.

      I don't want a great firewall of China in the US.

      The internet is last frontier where people can truly be free to say or post whatever they want and giving that up for faster internet is very shortsighted.

      •  The gov't doesn't have to own it (0+ / 0-)

        if it provides loans and grants to worthy entities.

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

        by elfling on Sun Mar 14, 2010 at 10:37:35 PM PDT

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      •  they (1+ / 0-)
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        are watching what your doing anyway, with the help of private ownership.  My phone company refuse to improve service to many areas.  Thats why we need a government push.  They still wouldnt have electricty on farms if FDR didnt get the ball rolling

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