Should a government offer free WiFi a...

Should a government offer free WiFi across the nation?

Created by victoria1 on Feb 11, 2013

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Yes, replaces the USPS

No, it's big brother watching

I'm not sure

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#23 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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Well, obviously, people like you wouldn't count.
:D
I think if the Fed spent money on infrastructure - just like they do highways and what not - it would be a better spend than keeping up the USPS.
Clearly :)

Funny you mentioned the infrastructure, the locals that had dial up now have high speed but the ones that had nothing still have nothing....

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#24 Feb 11, 2013
The GOVERNMENT has no business giving free stuff away. The lazy greedy people take and take and don't care that SOMEONE HAS TO PAY for what they get, namely the taxpayers.
Free-loaders don't value anything.
Example:
I had a poor friend who used to say, "Oh, I'd love to have one of your quilts." So when she told me she was getting married I spent hours, weeks and months creating a hand-made quilt just for her. I mailed it to her and found out later that she let her dogs on it. They peed and messed on it. After her divorce she left it when she moved - but she took her dogs.

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#25 Feb 11, 2013
victoria1 wrote:
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Just use the old taxes from the Postal Service.
Given the current financial state of the U.S. Postal Service, they're not funded very well. You might be able to afford dial-up service with that money. LoL.

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#26 Feb 11, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
<quoted text>Clearly :)
Funny you mentioned the infrastructure, the locals that had dial up now have high speed but the ones that had nothing still have nothing....
It'd take time but would be worth it in the long run.

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#27 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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It'd take time but would be worth it in the long run.
You think so? We have a few areas that still don't have electricity, PG&E will not put in the poles or the lines for free. I don't see the government paying for it either.....

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#28 Feb 11, 2013
Who owns WiFi ?

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#29 Feb 11, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
<quoted text>You think so? We have a few areas that still don't have electricity, PG&E will not put in the poles or the lines for free. I don't see the government paying for it either.....
I do, yes.

Perhaps in the short term there'll be some sort of rudimentary rural mail service. But you don't need poles for internet - just a cell tower.

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#30 Feb 11, 2013
I think it is only fair that we provide 435 congressmen the opportunity the expose themselves to billions of dollars in graft and bribes so they may choose the wrong providers with the wrong technology that is instantly outdated and hopelessly mired in a quagmire of red tape.

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#31 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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I do, yes.
Perhaps in the short term there'll be some sort of rudimentary rural mail service. But you don't need poles for internet - just a cell tower.
Actually that's not necessarily true for the entire nation. Many isolated communities still rely on phone lines (DSL) for their internet service. Cell phone towers are not the norm over the entire nation. If you doubt me, just look at a Verizon map.

http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLo...

:o)

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#32 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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It'd take time but would be worth it in the long run.
There are always growing pains through a transitional period. But snail mail has to be phased out, it's archaic.

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#33 Feb 11, 2013
milwaukee69 wrote:
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Actually that's not necessarily true for the entire nation. Many isolated communities still rely on phone lines (DSL) for their internet service. Cell phone towers are not the norm over the entire nation. If you doubt me, just look at a Verizon map.
http://www.verizonwireless.com/b2c/CoverageLo...
:o)
Oh, I know, but they could be. And they should be. No reason to keep an outmoded data source like USPS.

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#34 Feb 11, 2013
quilterqueen wrote:
The GOVERNMENT has no business giving free stuff away. The lazy greedy people take and take and don't care that SOMEONE HAS TO PAY for what they get, namely the taxpayers.
Free-loaders don't value anything.
Example:
I had a poor friend who used to say, "Oh, I'd love to have one of your quilts." So when she told me she was getting married I spent hours, weeks and months creating a hand-made quilt just for her. I mailed it to her and found out later that she let her dogs on it. They peed and messed on it. After her divorce she left it when she moved - but she took her dogs.
And that's your story about people taking?

Can we be serious now?

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#35 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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Oh, I know, but they could be. And they should be. No reason to keep an outmoded data source like USPS.
victoria1 wrote:
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There are always growing pains through a transitional period. But snail mail has to be phased out, it's archaic.
It is estimated that only 60% of the US population (sorry Vic not looking for Canada's estimates :)) currently has internet available to them. While I do think snail mail is over rated it still has it's uses and for 40% of the population it is still the way they get their bills and pay them.

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#36 Feb 11, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
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It is estimated that only 60% of the US population (sorry Vic not looking for Canada's estimates :)) currently has internet available to them. While I do think snail mail is over rated it still has it's uses and for 40% of the population it is still the way they get their bills and pay them.
And 90% are currently using cell phones. I'm not saying we're there yet but we're really close.
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#37 Feb 11, 2013
But what about the poor old mailbox manufacturers? Wouldn't we have to tax people so we can train them in a new career?

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#38 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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And 90% are currently using cell phones. I'm not saying we're there yet but we're really close.
My MIL has a cell phone but never, and I mean never, uses it. She has it solely for an emergency while she is driving. She is not alone, many seniors are just like her. Trying to show her how to use any new technology is an uphill battle. I'm not sure she knows how to enter the time on her microwave yet. Like many seniors when she gets frustrated she will simply not use it.

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#39 Feb 11, 2013
Always Wary wrote:
<quoted text>My MIL has a cell phone but never, and I mean never, uses it. She has it solely for an emergency while she is driving. She is not alone, many seniors are just like her. Trying to show her how to use any new technology is an uphill battle. I'm not sure she knows how to enter the time on her microwave yet. Like many seniors when she gets frustrated she will simply not use it.
I don't think it will happen tomorrow. But I definitely think it will in soon - half a generation or so. Perhaps those seniors who cannot handle email could have a service set up for them to print, package and deliver hard copies.

(Hmm, note to self about new business...)

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#40 Feb 11, 2013
Nathans Hale wrote:
But what about the poor old mailbox manufacturers? Wouldn't we have to tax people so we can train them in a new career?
Actually, it would drastically impact employment numbers nationally. Most mailboxes are Hecho en Mexico now but the carriers and support staff would really hit us hard were they unemployed.

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#41 Feb 11, 2013
Everybody loves a Government freebie so long as somebody else is paying for it. That type of mentality is in big part responsible for the mess we are in with the national debt.

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#42 Feb 11, 2013
EraserX wrote:
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Oh, I know, but they could be. And they should be. No reason to keep an outmoded data source like USPS.
In the long run, it would be less of a tax burden then the black hole that is the Post Office. Phase it out, replace it, private companies can pick up the slack.

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