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    Obama pushes broadband plan

    Here it comes, the first roadblock in the internet, setup by the federal govt. And a violation of states rights. The govt has no power to control personal communications, certainly not to tell cities that they cant make laws prohibiting govts from running their own ISPs. And Obama wants to make YOU pay more taxes for it.

    The result, much like with sewage, garbage, electricity, will be to drive private options out of business since govt can compete unfairly.

    President Obama is diving deeper into the debate over Internet control, urging the Federal Communications Commission to pre-empt state laws that restrict local governments from building broadband services.

    To promote it, he announced that his administration will provide technical and financial assistance to towns and cities that want to improve Internet service for their residents.

    The White House also announced that the Commerce Department would promote greater broadband access by hosting regional workshops and offering technical assistance to communities. The Department of Agriculture also will provide grants and loans of $40 million to $50 million to assist rural areas.
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    Re: Obama pushes broadband plan

    Why should a city not be able to setup it's own broadband? It is not forcing cities to create their own. It will add much needed competition to the telecomms industry.

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    I actually like this idea. It is allowing local communities to get the information and training they need to implement internet service if they so choose.

    The administration is smart to frame this as a function of local versus state politics, as opposed to national politics versus state politics.
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    Re: Obama pushes broadband plan

    My city is doing it. I think they are currently leasing out the lines to a private local ISP though. I was pretty excited when I saw the posts marked "Underground fiberoptic Cable" appear in my neighborhood after they spent a couple days trenching and then repairing the main road in and out of the subdivision. They ran it to a big church so it is just a matter of time before they start connecting up houses in my hood like they have done in some other neighborhoods & business districts already.

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    This looks like a nation-wide infrastructural improvement. I'm not seeing the problem here.

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    Re: Obama pushes broadband plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Fiddytree View Post
    I actually like this idea. It is allowing local communities to get the information and training they need to implement internet service if they so choose.

    The administration is smart to frame this as a function of local versus state politics, as opposed to national politics versus state politics.
    Which hasn't stopped Fox from framing it as a Federal-vs-State issue anyway.

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    Re: Obama pushes broadband plan

    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    This looks like a nation-wide infrastructural improvement. I'm not seeing the problem here.
    How could you be so blind?? It's Obama's idea, that is the problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SouthernDemocrat View Post
    How could you be so blind?? It's Obama's idea, that is the problem.
    But of course. I want broadband, but not Obama broadband.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    Which hasn't stopped Fox from framing it as a Federal-vs-State issue anyway.
    Well, there's reason to do so. The President is attempting to wedge the Federal government in between the state's prohibitive law of local ISP control.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cardinal View Post
    But of course. I want broadband, but not Obama broadband.
    Right, regular broadband is like a Mercedes, while Obama broadband is like a Trabant.
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