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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by grip View Post
    Optical broadband isn't that far off. Range seems to be one limiting factor that requires more transmitters though speed sure isn't.
    If I were an investor I'd be pumping money into this right now.

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    Hey, look at that. I'm glad someone's looking in to it. Seems kind of pie-in-the-sky to me right now, but that doesn't mean I don't think it will happen at some point.

    Fiber optic cables, however, are here today. If we had the will to do it, we could drastically improve our TV, internet, etc virtually overnight. The only holdup is red tape.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by AuntiE View Post
    I turned the ringers off two of the three and simply do not answer unless I feel like it.
    I suppose it's a psychological issue with me. I hear a phone ring and I know people are trying to contact me, haha.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    Do you enjoy freezing to death and starving?
    Somehow people survived and avoided disease before we had gas lines and electricity.
    I submit that as evidence that survival w/o electricity is indeed a possibility.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Hey, look at that. I'm glad someone's looking in to it. Seems kind of pie-in-the-sky to me right now, but that doesn't mean I don't think it will happen at some point.

    Fiber optic cables, however, are here today. If we had the will to do it, we could drastically improve our TV, internet, etc virtually overnight. The only holdup is red tape.

    That and they don't want technology that they can still profit on go to waste. I about flipped when I saw data that Intel has CPU chips already designed that won't be released for years in different stages in incremental degrees. They'll use and push silicon based chips as long as they can before they release quantum PC's, which will be in the super computing class. And those will probably be miniaturized and mounted in eyeglasses, wristwatches or under your skin with voice or thought interaction.
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    Somehow people survived and avoided disease before we had gas lines and electricity.
    I submit that as evidence that survival w/o electricity is indeed a possibility.
    I really want to see someone install a wood stove in their apartment. It might have worked back when everyone was a farmer and lived in small homes but the has become impractical in modern society.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Fiber optic cables, however, are here today. If we had the will to do it, we could drastically improve our TV, internet, etc virtually overnight. The only holdup is red tape.
    The Q&A on the Skynet website says this about current cellular and fiber optic technologies.

    As the global demand for bandwidth continues to accelerate, it is becoming exceedingly clear that fiber optics and RF Cellular/Microwave technologies cannot meet all the upcoming need. Fiber Optics is limited by high cost and logistical issues that make it impossible to dig trenches to every building and town that needs high-speed connectivity. RF Cellular and Microwave both are severely limited by the finite availability of spectrum real-estate, there simply will not be enough spectrum to meet the coming need. Cellular networks will have to be supplemented by other technologies, particularly in the area of backhaul, for which OWB is uniquely suited.
    Combine these challenges with today’s need to be as lean as possible in capital budgets, and its clear that to meet the needs of global broadband connectivity, the industry needs a viable alternative technology such as OWB to be successful.
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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    I really want to see someone install a wood stove in their apartment. It might have worked back when everyone was a farmer and lived in small homes but the has become impractical in modern society.
    I think that if one were to try to do w/o gas for heat today, the way to do it would be to build well--meaning lots of insulation, proper venting, and proper window placement. It's amazing the difference between a standard house and a well built house.
    In cold climates, you may not keep your house at 78 F in the winter, but it'll stay well above a temperature at which humans can survive.
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Simon W. Moon View Post
    I think that if one were to try to do w/o gas for heat today, the way to do it would be to build well--meaning lots of insulation, proper venting, and proper window placement. It's amazing the difference between a standard house and a well built house.
    In cold climates, you may not keep your house at 78 F in the winter, but it'll stay well above a temperature at which humans can survive.
    If you don't have gas you need electricity. What happens if you live in an apartment or just in a city.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    If you don't have gas you need electricity.
    That's not necessarily true.
    Quote Originally Posted by 0bserver92 View Post
    What happens if you live in an apartment or just in a city.
    There were no conditions specified. There're any number of situation where a specific person would need something to survive which was not otherwise a human necessity--e.g. someone who needs a respirator.

    But more to the point I was just pointing out that survival was not a good criterion to use when deciding what is or is not a "utility".
    I may be wrong.

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    Re: Is the Internet a utility?

    Quote Originally Posted by Peter Grimm View Post
    Simple question, is the internet a utility, similar to heat, power, and water? Why or why not, and what should be the implications with respect to how it's managed?
    It's a luxury on par with cable television.
    I love the NSA. It's like having a secret fan-base you will never see, but they're there, watching everything you write and it makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside knowing that I may be some person's only form of unconstitutional entertainment one night.

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