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FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
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10/28/2011 | 7:02:42 PM
re: FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
I can guarantee you that the government will screw it up whenever it becomes involved. I live in a small town in western Illinois. I have the choice of service from Comcast, CenturyLink or a local wireless ISP.

The most interesting service in this area is be from a small local cooperative telephone company that serves a near by area. Since they are subscriber owned, they plough all their profits back into the latest equipment or they pay it out in dividends to the subscribers. Their service puts the big companies to shame.
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10/28/2011 | 6:54:47 PM
re: FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
Steve Jobs was only in most things for his own benefit.
Recent article indicated he gave very little of his money to charity or anything other than himself (some educational discounts applied, but that was more about future sales than altruism). Taxes or fees have been used to provide benefits to many over the years (Interstate Highway system, Internet, NASA/Space travel science that has gone on to help improve our lives, etc...). Many asked, what's in it for me. If you fail to see the benefits of those things you are either ignorantly blind or you really do have blinders on.
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10/28/2011 | 6:49:48 PM
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Yes, your choices have consequences. You live in an urban area, have lots of services and opportunities to choose from in relatively short distances from home or work. Rural living is different, distances are far, sometimes in hundreds of miles, in severe weather it's worse to get around, not to mention expensive. You also like to eat...where do you think your food comes from...not NYC or N.J.! Milk, cheese, produce, beef, chicken, eggs, etc. come from rural locations. Rural America needs technology as much as us city folks, but we're in the thousands or millions to offset the cost in short distances. Rural subscribers are up to 150 miles apart, and there could only be 1-5 customers! Take a drive in Montana or the Dakotas, Idaho, eastern Washington, Nevada, even parts of California to get an idea of what distance is, and not freeways or straight roads either. NJ Mike, you show your ignorance by your post.
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10/28/2011 | 6:17:33 PM
re: FCC's Broadband Plan: What Would Steve Jobs Think?
Choices have consequences. If somebody chooses to live in a rural area, why should I have to subsidize their phone and/or broadband. I bet for the amount of property they own/rent they pay alot less than I do in central NJ. Why don't people in rural areas subsidize my rent?
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