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Old 11-09-2011, 03:27 PM
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Low Cost Broadband for US Poor

$10/mo For Families With Children That Qualify for Free Lunches

Further, families eligible for free or reduced-price school lunches will be able to buy low-cost computers.

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Now the public-private initiative will see cable providers including Comcast Corp , Time Warner Cable Inc and Cablevision Systems Corp offer Internet service at a fraction of the national average price of $45 a month, an FCC official said.

Eligible families will be able to sign up for the service during a three-year period starting in the spring in some areas, with the offer going nationwide by next September to coincide with the school year.



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You can get naked DSL (no phone) in NYC for $19/mo, so $10 is not that far out of line from market rates, espeically in cheaper markets.

Of course, if I were really poor, I wouldn't pay for Internet at all. Plenty of unsecured WiFi nets arould ...
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I guess it must be hidden in the constitution somewhere that everyone is entitled to broadband. It's probably hidden behind the part that says everyone is entitled to free health care.
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I guess it must be hidden in the constitution somewhere that everyone is entitled to broadband. It's probably hidden behind the part that says everyone is entitled to free health care.
For all we know, it may not be subsidized ... if the infrastructure is there and nearby, it may be better for them to sell service at $10/mo than not sell service at $0/mo.
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You can get naked DSL (no phone) in NYC for $19/mo, so $10 is not that far out of line from market rates, espeically in cheaper markets.

Of course, if I were really poor, I wouldn't pay for Internet at all. Plenty of unsecured WiFi nets arould ...

If I were really poor, I think my priorities would be on food, shelter and clothing. Internet access would have to stand in line behind those needs. The problem is that today's "poor" think they are entitled for free to all the things that the working people have to pay for.
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If I were really poor, I think my priorities would be on food, shelter and clothing. Internet access would have to stand in line behind those needs. The problem is that today's "poor" think they are entitled for free to all the things that the working people have to pay for.
The point is that I'd either "borrow" it from someone who's too stupid to secure their WiFi or share with a neighbor if I were that poor. BTW - Internet access *is* needed these days. For one thing, it's a lot easier to look for work if you have it!
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I don't know the merits of this particular plan, but it sounds good to me. One thing that contributes to inequality in this country is that well-to-do people have better access to tools for getting even further ahead. I don't blame the well-to-do for that, but anything that helps level the playing field is a good thing. IMHO.

I would also think that Mr. Bible would support private companies agreeing to help out. Charity is a good thing, isn't it?
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My wife and I are BIG on helping out. We, however, have enough intelligence to understand human priorities. Food, clothing and shelter are higher on such a priority list than high speed internet.
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My wife and I are BIG on helping out. We, however, have enough intelligence to understand human priorities. Food, clothing and shelter are higher on such a priority list than high speed internet.
So, you think that people of modest means should aim low.
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The point is that I'd either "borrow" it from someone who's too stupid to secure their WiFi or share with a neighbor if I were that poor. BTW - Internet access *is* needed these days. For one thing, it's a lot easier to look for work if you have it!
Borrowing the wifi from an unsecured source is a felony.

You really don't want that. The FBI has NO sense of humor.

Go to the local Internet cafe. It's legal and safer.
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So, you think that people of modest means should aim low.

I think the problem in many cases is that they DO aim low. Things like high speed internet are items that one gets by working for them. Charity involves helping people with the necessities of life. When they decide to work and provide for themselves, things like high speed internet can be one of the things that they reward themselves with. It's called incentive.
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From what I can tell, the Connect to Compete program is funded by non-profits and private industry, not a government funded program, although it originates out of the FCC.
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Some of them don't know how to turn a computer on, much less know how to work the internet.
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From what I can tell, the Connect to Compete program is funded by non-profits and private industry, not a government funded program, although it originates out of the FCC.
"We think we're going to move the needle on the broadband adoption gap," FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said of his hopes for the new commitments made to the Connect to Compete initiative launched last month.

Connect to Compete had already garnered commitments...
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The FCC chairman is involved and expecting private parties joining... do you see some arm twisting here?
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My wife and I are BIG on helping out. We, however, have enough intelligence to understand human priorities. Food, clothing and shelter are higher on such a priority list than high speed internet.
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You dont need high speed internet to find a job!!!
The biggest uses for the internet;
social networking ~ FB etc
porn
gaming
gambling
watching videos

But then I guess there are those that would argue that the poor are entitled to HD porn on the net as much as any one.
Maybe it will give them something to do rather than hanging out & getting into trouble.
Does faster internet mean faster drug deals on line ??

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