A step toward eventually running the internet in full - a la "single payer" - and instantaneously monitoring every keystroke, transaction, and communication that every American individual and business makes.
Except it isnt, in the case of the federal govt. Their job is to protect states from invasion, and protect the freedom of individuals. Then the people can decide whether they want their city govt to be an ISP or not. Obama is taking away that freedom.
This is about getting broadband to the people who need it, it's not Braveheart.
In many markets, particularly small towns, there is only one broadband provider. A second provider, even if its a publicly owned one, is competition.
My great grandfather had a friend who worked in the 1920s Who works laying electrical line out to roll communities and Western Oregon, believe it or not most of the now sprawling will laminate Valley hadn't had electricity until the late 20s. There wasn't enough market for any private company to want to invest in these towns. So finally they made public utility District and use taxpayer money to wire up these little towns for electricity, and according to my grandfather this was a 100% improvement in the lives of these real people. It really is amazing when you think that there's people live today who were born before many places in the United States have the ability to turn on the lights. And in many cases the private companies didn't want anything to do with these places because there wasn't enough market to justify the cost of laying wire and substations
Originally Posted by Dr. Chuckles
No one cares about your stupid hippy logic
"Be careful of averages, the average person has one breast and one testicle"
-Dixy Lee Ray
UPS and Fedex are superior alternatives to the USPS, so if private companies are interested in competing with the government, they'll find a way.
Good example, but not in the way you think. They are not allowed to compete with the USPS. It wasnt until the 80s when the govt stopped banning them from package delivery that they even came into existence. And even then they require that private carriers charge more than the govt. This is what youre going to get from ObamaNet.