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By Rachel Goldfarb, originally published on Next New Deal

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Why the Government Should Provide Internet Access (Vox)

Ezra Klein interviews Roosevelt Institute Fellow Susan Crawford, who says that internet should be regulated as a utility, just like electricity and telephone service.

CHARTS: The Amazing Wealth Surge For The Top 0.1 Percent (TPM)

A new study from two UC Berkley economists shows how the most affluent Americans have surged in their share of the country's wealth in recent years, reports Sahil Kapur. This study stands out because others have primarily looked at income.

New York Doormen Assert Their Right to Live in the City Where They Work (The Atlantic Cities)

With a union contract expiring for the city's doormen, negotiators are tying in to Mayor DeBlasio's fight against income inequality. Meanwhile, as Sarah Goodyear reports, a new ad campaign highlights the heroics of doormen, such as delivering babies. 

$2.13 an Hour? Why The Tipped Minimum Wage Has to Go (The Nation)

Subminimum wage workers, primarily in the restaurant industry, are more likely to live in poverty or rely on food stamps, writes Michelle Chen. That's less true, however, in states with no tipped minimum wage.

The Faces of Food Stamps (Time)

A photo series by Jeff Reidel looks at the lives of SNAP recipients, from their jobs to their efforts to stretch their food dollars. Maya Rhodan speaks with Reidel and some of his subjects.

New on Next New Deal

The ACA in Threes: The Good, The Bad and the Ways to Make it Better

Roosevelt Institute Senior Fellow Richard Kirsch considers some of the successes, outrages, and must-repair glitches occurring over the course of the Affordable Care Act's first open enrollment period.

Higher Education Financing Needs a Better Deal Than This

Raul Gardea, the Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network Senior Fellow for Education, argues that the White House's latest plan for easing student debt doesn't go far enough in its reforms. Indeed, it makes some things worse.


Originally posted to Daily Kos Economics on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 04:57 AM PDT.

Also republished by Daily Kos.

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  •  If the access & broadband speeds were equally (1+ / 0-)
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    Egalitare

    available to anyone in the USA like other 3rd world countries ... oh the horror!

    Punxsutawney Phil has been unfriended.

    by jwinIL14 on Tue Apr 01, 2014 at 08:30:16 PM PDT

    •  Given the revelations of the many... (0+ / 0-)

      ...millions of dollars spent on gaining nanoseconds of advantage in high speed financial transactions, I know understand why the telecoms have been suppressing high speed Internet upgrades in communities "off the beaten path." There is money- BIGGER money than I imagined - to be made in Internet speed and capacity disparity.

      Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. --Martin Luther King Jr.

      by Egalitare on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:23:58 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  More specifically, the Post Office (1+ / 0-)
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    should provide internet service.

    •  What expertise or assets does the... (0+ / 0-)

      ...USPS have that would make them well suited to provide internet service?

      It would make as much sense for the USPS to take over the medical system in the US. There are a lot of postal carriers and we could probably use more heart and brain surgeons - put the carriers through a six week training program and they could do neurosurgery and cardiac surgery (perhaps being assigned to your case). They could just do it on their daily rounds, no hospital needed.

      Maybe the USPS could also take over all search engines and social networks. After all, Google, Facebook, et al are always hiring so USPS carriers and counter clerks could just step into those jobs.

      Is there any question to which the answer isn't "the USPS should provide this service"?

      •  Er... (0+ / 0-)

        ...the fact that many countries place regulation of telecommunications under the same umbrella as postal services?

        "If you are still playing for Team Republican and want to have any honor whatsoever, you need to leave the Republican Party now, apologize to America, and work to remove it from our political system." - Brad DeLong

        by radabush on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:51:38 AM PDT

        [ Parent ]

        •  It sounds like... (0+ / 0-)

          ...you're proposing moving potential regulatory control over the Internet from the FCC (a government agency in the Executive branch) to the USPS (an independent agency of the United States government)? While there are more similarities than differences from a practical matter, why is the independent agency approach, specifically the USPS, better?

          The original comment, however, proposed that the USPS provide, not regulate, Internet service. Obviously the two roles are quite different and it seems unwise to have the USPS do both just for conflict of interest reasons if nothing else.

  •  Speaking of Internet Regulation (0+ / 0-)

    A recent article by the always-readable Evgeny Morozov touches on many of the fundamental issues of allowing the Internet to be a de-regulated free-for-all in the first place:

    But why assume that innovation—and, by extension, economic growth—should be the default yardstick by which we measure the success of technology policy? One can easily imagine us living with a very different “Internet” had the regulators of the 1990s banned websites from leaving small pieces of code—the so-called “cookies”—on our computers. Would this slow down the growth of the online advertising industry, making everyday luxuries such as free e-mail unavailable? Most likely. But advertising is hardly the only way to support an e-mail service: It can also be supported through fees or even taxes. Such solutions might be bad for innovation, but the privacy they afford to citizens might be good for democratic life.

    "If you are still playing for Team Republican and want to have any honor whatsoever, you need to leave the Republican Party now, apologize to America, and work to remove it from our political system." - Brad DeLong

    by radabush on Wed Apr 02, 2014 at 12:58:11 AM PDT

  •  Before Crawford prescribes treating Internet (0+ / 0-)

    access "like a utility," she should take a look at what has happened to telephone utility regulation over the past five years or so.

    States have largely deregulated the industry based on claims that competition is now sufficient to make the industry self-regulating.

  •  The "tipped" minimum wage... (0+ / 0-)

    also known as legal theft and one of the most wildly obvious "laws designed by an industry" so restaurant owners can claim tips left on tables as their own.

    We do not have it here in Oregon, yet we still have a rather large number of restaurants open that are doing just fine.

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