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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:23 AM
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Free Wifi for Everyone...Yipee

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The Federal Communications Comission is proposing a plan that could expand WiFi access across the nation, potentially undermining cellphone and Internet service providers. The line in the sand is drawn, with the telecommunication industry on one side and Internet giants on the other.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:27 AM
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"Free", huh? I'm sure the low information voters won't have a hard time believing that.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:32 AM
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Where are they going to get those "free" servers ... and are they going to get administrators to work the servers for "free" as well?

Are the buildings that these servers are hosted in going to be provided for "Free"? And the people constructing those buildings ... are they going to work for "free"? What about the electricity ... and the maintenance and the upgrades ... all provided for free? What about the raw materials that go into the servers and the buildings and the infrastructures ... will they all be provided for "free" ... including the labor required to obtain those raw materials?

It will be an amazing thing indeed if "free" wifi can be had.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:41 AM
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51% of the population will believe its free.... we are so screwed.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:43 AM
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I bet it won't be free of banner ads and traffic tracking.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:43 AM
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LOL Guberment.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:50 AM
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What a horrible idea.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:50 AM
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It's not Government, it's Google et al, who want more and cheaper internet access. They just want the ability to serve out the "free" internet without running afoul of laws that keep monopolies for the cell and internet providers.

But don't be fooled, this free Google stuff will be in big cities. Suburbs, rural and small towns need not apply.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:54 AM
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"Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Genachowski for his idea of creating free WiFi networks, noting that an auction of the airwaves would raise billions for the U.S. Treasury."
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 10:56 AM
Watts is life...
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"Some Republican lawmakers have criticized Genachowski for his idea of creating free WiFi networks, noting that an auction of the airwaves would raise billions for the U.S. Treasury."
We already knew it...
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:21 AM
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We already knew it...
Good for them.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:44 AM
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Good for them.
Yep... but where was flyzwell headed? me thinks he really bought the free part
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:47 AM
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I wonder if the FCC will impose it's censorship authority?
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 11:59 AM
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We should forbid the word "free" in this sense, and use the term "publicly funded". That might...and I stress "might"...get some of the low-information voters to begin to think critically.
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Old Feb 05, 2013, 12:04 PM
Don't look at me like that....
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Who cares, I get free internet now. Wife, as Mayor, gets free service for allowing wireless transmitter on the water tower. It's slow and it sucks, but hey , it's free. Now as soon as she steps down, I'm gonna have to go buy it.
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