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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    Would you say the same for toll bridges, gas and bread?
    The net costs a lot to provide and it is economically speaking a private good, which is most efficiently supplied via market pricing.
    How much inefficiency do we want?



    Whatever it takes to have an internet that is free for all and not controlled by those who would like to use it as a cash cow.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by AJiveMan View Post
    There are some cities where internet access is free. If I lived in the downtown area of my city, wifi is free.
    Not free, exactly - I'd bet taxes pay for that system.
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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by The Mark View Post
    Not free, exactly - I'd bet taxes pay for that system.
    Free to the user.

    Not sure about other cities, but most places such as restaurants and the like are free.

    Comcast is turning some neighborhoods in Chicago into hot spots, for a small fee.

    Chicago may be the tipping point on the way to a national Wi-Fi network.
    Comcast turning Chicago homes into public WiFi hotspots - Chicago Tribune

    Chicago has a free broadband initiative. Possibly paid for by tax $$$. Other cities might follow, if some already haven't.

    Municipal wireless network - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Whatever it takes to have an internet that is free for all and not controlled by those who would like to use it as a cash cow.
    That will almost certainly mean a less good internet. I don't really understand what would be bad about paying for use. Where I live there is a charge on its use.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    That will almost certainly mean a less good internet.
    I don't really understand what would be bad about paying for use.
    Where I live there is a charge on its use.



    Would you support charging everyone a daily fee for the air that they breathe?

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by ecofarm View Post
    What about the ISP's right to freedom of association?!


    Yep, this is where property rights break down especially egregiously. Monopolies, even local ones, demonstrate that businesses take up an 'economic space' in the system. One which we have the right to grant, deny or regulate based on what is best for society.
    You can never be safe from a government that can keep you completely safe from each other and the world. You must choose.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by shrubnose View Post
    Would you support charging everyone a daily fee for the air that they breathe?
    A head tax is, in fact, the tax with the least misallocation.
    In this case it might be more enlightening to ask, if you can support a system that charges for bread and water.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by joG View Post
    A head tax is, in fact, the tax with the least misallocation.
    In this case it might be more enlightening to ask, if you can support a system that charges for bread and water.



    I support a system that does the most good for everyone, with the least burden on anyone.

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
    Do you believe the FCC should allow a "pay to play" system on the internet?
    A new FCC Chair threatens to let cable and phone companies create an Internet fast lane for companies that can afford it and a slow lane for everyone else who cannot afford it.
    From a capitalist point of view, the owners of the fiber should be allowed to do whatever they want with that service. If that means creating a multitiered level of service, that should be their right.

    But from a societal point of view that favors the overall economy, the pay to play system would be a huge drag on the economy.
    "If your opponent is of choleric temperament, seek to irritate him." - Sun Tzu

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    Re: Do You Believe There Should Be a "Pay to Play" System on the Internet

    Just give everyone free dial-up. Little to no infrastructure startup costs.

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