Free broadband for America has inched closer to reality: The plan, after two years of debate, is finally on the calendar for a full vote by the Federal Communications Commission.
I doubt it will pass, at least not this year. Why give the people something free that they willingly pay for?
I think the AC-wave plans pertains more to Rural areas where broadband is scarce. I think the FCC is trying to bring broadband to those that have no means themselves, which explains the last part regarding Dial-up speeds rather nicely. Well.....hm.. I feel indifferent about the situation. Now if the FCC can mandate Fiber Optics all over the Nation, I'd be one happy person. I'm tired of forcibly being under the boot of Comcast and am anxiously waiting for a competitor to come to my neighborhood.
verizon fios is awesome. get it when it comes to your area
Because in every other country, they have better broadband than us!
So if they were going to do something like give us the free stuff, and charge sky high prices for the better stuff... I'm all for it! That way, if you want it, you can pay for it!
I hope it does pass!
The point behind plans like this is to ensure that the public are guaranteed a basic level of information access. Not every thing in life is or should be about making money.
What happened to making cities all wifi? Is this the same, idea? I want to be able to use my tx2500 anywhere without having to worry about internet.
its not free. its WWW2. where they get rid of the tubes in the internet and put in pipes. old joke. but it would be free but unlike the net we have now where you can be anon if you have the skills to hide your self. now with the www2 they can just backdoor into your computer. doubt me read about echolan and many other programs out there by the NSA
I stopped reading after the part about no adult content. What does that even mean. Porn? violence? Internet bs? internet is free, but you cant access it. WOW now I can check my bank balance for free, with the laptop I dont have. I think people are starting to depend on this crap WAY TOOO much. Like we dont have internet everywhere already. 20 years ago there were like no cell phones, now if you dont have one your already dead. Make the regular internet cheaper, that would be good. Instead of some half-azzed free internet. If its free its good, but I ll believe it when I see it.
I want free internet.
Makes you wonder why we pay what we do when this is a possibility.
It does NOT cost 50 bucks a month to get serve 8mbps (PowerBoost) for a month...it really doesn't. They just don't choose to upgrade or improve. Verizon's FiOS is ridiculously fast for about the same price, and that's considering they are paying for all the Fiber Optics they are putting in, Comcast is still using their craptastic coax system, so the cost should be a lot less.
nokla tesla had free wireless energy but thomas edison wired unfree energy. remember the fight between ac and dc.
Contact our senator? Congress? Governor? Anything at all?
Netzero was free. Of course I was getting like 2kb a second.
How about upgrading the infrastructure to handle more speed? Hell, Japan has over 50Mb/s connections. The US is falling behind in the world of technology...
They probably will.the internet may become free..
but watch them turn around and say that "in order to get 50m/s transfers, you'll have to pay more."
there's always a catch to these d@mn companies.
America has almost ALWAYS been behind Japan with tech. I buy a 3G phone with dual video cameras on it... but no 3G network. Capitalism is good and bad. It is bad for technology, because companies want to trickle step technology so you pay for it in each micro-increment. How many 8 core CPUs are sitting on the shelves while we are buying Dual and Quad core like nothing else on the planet exists.
America is badly behind Japan in electronics as if we were a 3rd world country. If you visited just a car audio store in Japan your head would explode. Japan has had talking car stereos for over 8 years while we keep buying the same reprocessed technology in new shiny packages paying a premium price.
Just look at the Blackberry... they JUST released their FIRST touchscreen model in the US. I have had a touchscreen cell phones for over 6 years... and they have been around for about 10 years. Why were blackberrys so high priced again? And don't say email function, because most people who own Blackberrys don't even have them Enterprised, which is the best feature of it.
This needs to be passed, and not just because I don't want to pay for internet. There is an information gap between people who have money and those who don't. Providing every person with internet access will allow people to have access to information they wouldn't have before.
I hate having to pay to have broadband at home and when I'm on the road, I have to have a second internet plan on my phone. If i can catch wireless for free, I'd definately not need my sprint data plan.
Cable/communication company's have way to many folks behind them to lobby in favor of keeping it a pay for service. I dont mind paying I just want them to improve the infrastructure to support faster speed. At least give us a value for our money because what we pay for compared to other countries is garbage.
I will be very happy if they approve this LOL
If this gets passed it will become a government produced service. That means all of your internet activity can and will be monitored LEGALLY 24/7, cooperation from a service provider no longer needed for Uncle Sam. No porn downloads for you if you want to go into politics. Also, I smell bandwidth cappage from a stratosphere away. They will even have the rights to take control over your computer and webcam whenever deemed necessary... any device hooked up to the government network will be considered an extension of that network.
The internet will then be like radio and it will be so strict that it will destroy the internet as we know it.
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