Linked by Howard Fosdick on Fri 27th Jul 2012 02:57 UTC
Internet & Networking A free, new report from the New America Foundation compares cost, speed, and availabilty of internet connectivity in 22 cities around the world. The report concludes that U.S. consumers face comparatively high, rising connectivity costs, even while the majority have very limited choices -- often only one or two providers. The report argues that U.S. broadband policies need to change, otherwise consumer choice will continue to deteriorate.
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Lazy bums!
by jefro on Fri 27th Jul 2012 20:19 UTC
jefro
Member since:
2007-04-13

Why do people need to have free highspeed access. I already pay $3 a month so some lazy bum can get free phone. I then pay another $3 a month so some lazy bum can get free internet. The job of the government is not to give away free stuff to people who won't work. There is no basic need for internet by the way. Not even a right to have a phone. One can do without those.

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RE: Lazy bums!
by quackalist on Sat 28th Jul 2012 06:03 in reply to "Lazy bums!"
quackalist Member since:
2007-08-27

Not sure if the above is supposed to be some daft sarcastic variant on how to come off as the dumb conservative middle-class bloke or for real.

Anyway, I'll bite, when did the Socialist Republics of America mandate a $6 a month lazy bum telephone & internet tax?

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RE[2]: Lazy bums!
by jefro on Sat 28th Jul 2012 16:58 in reply to "RE: Lazy bums!"
jefro Member since:
2007-04-13

Easy, look at your bill. It varies on state to state and how much you pay. Nice of you to pay for lazy bum's by the way. Thanks.

http://www.southernlinc.com/customersupport/billing/fuse.aspx

No one NEEDS internet. Millions of people do fine without it everyday in every walk of life from poor to advanced countries. Try to live a normal life without it for a week. You will find books, and people who talk to each other and friends and sports and well, the list goes on.

Edited 2012-07-28 17:00 UTC

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RE: Lazy bums!
by TinMan on Sun 29th Jul 2012 05:39 in reply to "Lazy bums!"
TinMan Member since:
2012-07-27

I have worked in the skilled trades for my whole life but have a degree in system security administration and as such I am quite aware of the true needs of people as far as the internet goes. I understand that most people don't even know how to use a traditional card catalog at the library these days, but anybody with even the slightest motivation can educate themselves enough on some sort of profession and perhaps make enough money to purchase broadband like the rest of us and then get that cushy office job.

It's not necesseraly easy, but anybody with some ambition can do it.

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