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(Tech Dirt)   House passes broadband bill that is pro-consumer and actually makes sense. So it has zero chance of becoming law   (techdirt.com) divider line
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2020-07-09 11:22:21 PM  
And in another 10 years they may run a cable down my road.
It's interesting how they calculate whether an area has broadband. Basically if one person has it in your area, even though 99% of the others don't, that area is considered to have it accessible to everyone.
 
2020-07-10 12:29:32 AM  
This pandemic and lockdown really has shown that high speed internet is a human right, every bit as important to the modern world as running water and electricity.
 
2020-07-10 12:52:40 AM  
Yeas:

D - 230
R - 3

Nays

D - 2
R - 185

It's not even going to appear before the Senate.
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2020-07-10 1:57:25 AM  
Why do Republicans hate rural America?

Also, why aren't Democrats running ads saying such things? It's not just internet, roads are another example.
 
2020-07-10 2:20:29 AM  
Back in the day some of the R's would have been in favor of this, as not a few of the actually did believe in things like using competition to help control prices without government price controls.  These days, no more.
 
2020-07-10 2:44:53 AM  
This is still a good thing. The fact that the dems are actually willing to back this now, and have a signed bill to prove it means that they can run it into the brick wall (or turtle shell) now, let it fail, let everyone know it's out there, then run it again in 2021 when it can actually pass.
 
2020-07-10 3:07:14 AM  
Well, I think we're certainly well past the time of just letting the free-market sort this shiat out.  Let's turn to our founding fathers for an example--they who thought communication was so important that they gave us the US Postal service.  Didja know?  We used to have twice-a-day postal service.  That's how important communications are. So: Let's fund the shiat out of the USPS. Let's have the Post Office start building out broadband and serving as an ISP.  Let's do it.  Let's have the government spend some of our money on us, rather than blowing shiat up.  Hell, if we had waited for the private sector the hillbillies still wouldn't have lights or telephones.

/turns out that might have been a good thing.
 
2020-07-10 3:33:28 AM  
Biggest problem I see is the "one build" rule which will DEFINITELY be a boon for Comshaft and Spectulum and the rest.
 
2020-07-10 4:54:21 AM  
There are some good ideas there I'd be behind this if it weren't for the obligatory government subsidies part.
 
2020-07-10 7:01:51 AM  

SecondaryControl: Hell, if we had waited for the private sector the hillbillies still wouldn't have lights or telephones.

/turns out that might have been a good thing.


I lol'd then had a sad at the rightness of this.
 
2020-07-10 8:17:49 AM  

Not_Todd: There are some good ideas there I'd be behind this if it weren't for the obligatory government subsidies part.


It's the only way they can convince the companies to do any digging.

It won't work and the money will go to bonuses, but that's the rational anyway.
 
2020-07-10 8:56:50 AM  
Well, yeah; he's gotta pass three failed bills first. Then he gets the 4th bill ratified at the last minute before the senate breaks, all the while muttering about now it's never Lupus.
 
2020-07-10 9:40:46 AM  

Gordon Bennett: It's not even going to appear before the Senate.

As planned.  Pelosi always spins up a high-speed assembly line of progressive bills whenever she's assured they're doomed in the Senate.  Once the Senate indicates they'll take up an issue she flips to whoa, we have Democrats in red states that have elections to win.

She's been bamboozling liberals with the Lucy-and-the-football game for literally decades.  She's a lot closer to Mitch McConnell than AOC.

puffy999: Why do Republicans hate rural America? Also, why aren't Democrats running ads saying such things?

Well, it's not a sexy selling point.

Democrats:  "High-speed broadband for rural areas!"
Republicans:  "The Democrats are tyrannical terrorists that are going to outlaw the Bible, kill your unborn kids, indoctrinate your born ones to communism, release a bunch of rapists & murderers in your neighborhood, and take all your money to give to black people!"

I mean, you gotta be really dumb to fall for it, but a lot of Americans are really dumb.  I used to live in a red area and the Republicans have the Death Cult so thoroughly brainwashed I actually managed to corner one (and he was the most reasonable one I knew!) into admitting a Republican could literally eat a human baby while broadcast live on TV and they wouldn't vote for the Democrat.  Hell, it was later proven in that Alabama special election; they aaaalllmost sent a friggin' pedophile to the Senate but the white male voters stayed home instead of voting D.  And that was a statewide race.

The Democrats have reached a point where they've just given up on large stretches of the country; the races go unopposed and there isn't even a local campaign office.  Frankly, given the state of the Death Cult, it makes sense.  Were he still alive, they'd lose an election to Jeffrey Dahmer in many areas of the country.

Americans are DUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUMMMMMMMMM​M​MMMMMMMBBBB.
 
2020-07-10 11:23:33 AM  
I live out in the country where houses average a city block apart, my house is a block from the road and get my phone and internet from a Cooperative. I've got fiber optic internet at a reasonable price. So I'm getting a kick, , ,

My house and yard:
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I'm under the blue dot.
 
2020-07-10 12:19:55 PM  
As long as "we the people" are just consumers from the laws POV, then it can all go eat a pile gangrene rotting dicks.

House passes broadband bill that is pro-consumer and actually makes sense.

So helping ensure we consume from the free market is that?
Oh look a fund we the people can pay taxes into, so we can be sure  to pay the private free market profit margins that consumers, NOT CITIZENS, are obligated to provide apparently.

How about, we the people pay what it costs to make broadband internet access available to all of we the people, and anyone that needed a personal privateer profit  for themselves before they can get behind other people having internet access can go to the bottom of the ocean and eat whale shiat.

If your entire civilization wold be made better as a whole for access to useful or even needed goods and services, but you won't participate in that until somoen else shows you the money, you're a POS fook nut inhuman jack rag drip that is holding up human social evolution.
 
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