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2020-08-30 6:14:20 AM  
Did Comcast end their free wifi thing?
 
2020-08-30 6:18:59 AM  
Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.
 
2020-08-30 6:26:33 AM  
I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.
 
2020-08-30 6:38:42 AM  
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2020-08-30 6:48:16 AM  
Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our billionaires another tax cut.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
...
 
2020-08-30 7:17:44 AM  
Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA
 
2020-08-30 7:49:18 AM  

wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA


Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.
 
2020-08-30 7:54:39 AM  
My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.
 
2020-08-30 8:05:16 AM  

payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.


Actually, this is what you get when GOP policies see unnecessary struggle as virtue and character building instead of seeing it for the stupidity that it is.
 
2020-08-30 8:08:31 AM  
Someone should tell them Comcast offer internet connection for $10 a month for low income families and people with disabilities
 
2020-08-30 8:24:51 AM  
The school I do IT for offers hotspots and subsidized internet for low income students and those who live too far in the country
 
2020-08-30 8:25:22 AM  

waxbeans: payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.

Actually, this is what you get when GOP policies see unnecessary struggle as virtue and character building instead of seeing it for the stupidity that it is.


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2020-08-30 8:29:27 AM  
 

DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.


I think it's more amusing how they seem to think that the kids will see their suggestions without Wi-Fi of their own. Because I am sure that any children that are seriously trying to do homework won't both check out frivolous nonsense like twitter.
 
2020-08-30 8:39:09 AM  

geggy: Someone should tell them Comcast offer internet connection for $10 a month for low income families and people with disabilities


Not around here it doesn't.  They used to offer a hardship package for new customers, but only for six months and only if you had never had Comcast, EVER.  We looked into it back in 2012, because we qualified on both counts, but needed service that was a wee bit faster than dial up.  For some completely unknown reason, that package vanished in 2017.  Now, unless you bundle, it's $75 a month.  If you bundle, when the weather hits, you get to lose TV, phone, and internet, all while getting to pay more than $150 a month.
 
2020-08-30 8:40:58 AM  
I want to point out that many municipalities tried to set up free community wifi, or affordable wifi through their public utilities, until comcast stepped in and lobbied the Republicans in congress to make such access illegal.
 
2020-08-30 8:44:46 AM  
More important for the government to keep empty airliners in the air than education.  All learnin' does is further the leftist elitist east coast agenda.
/why do you hate America subby?
 
2020-08-30 8:46:45 AM  

DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.


What do you want anonymous strangers on Twitter to do exactly?
 
2020-08-30 9:01:38 AM  

geggy: Someone should tell them Comcast offer internet connection for $10 a month for low income families and people with disabilities


https://www.internetessentials.com/
 
2020-08-30 9:03:21 AM  

hitlersbrain: Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our billionaires another tax cut.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
...


This friend speaks my mind.
 
2020-08-30 9:12:00 AM  
The parking lots at schools here are WiFi hot spots, but I really wish we viewed internet like utility like water or electricity. Spoke to a school employee the other day--a kindergartner was sobbing because he didn't understand why his teacher won't call on him. His mom works during the day and she has him do his virtual schooling at night. The mom has tried to explain to him that although the other kids get the interactive experience earlier during the day, he's just watching a taped version; he's just so little he doesn't fully understand.

This timeline is so tiring.
 
2020-08-30 9:12:47 AM  

payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.


Seriously, it isn't. I can get a 100mb/month data sim for £15. Even poor working families can afford that. Maybe not women who get pregnant and live on welfare, though.

And we have nothing but a photo. Maybe they just wanted to go out and do it? They have a laptop. Who paid for that?
 
2020-08-30 9:22:52 AM  
The school I do IT for offers hotspots and subsidized internet for low income students and those who live too far in the country. I know that Georgia power has been working with AT&T on providing gigabit internet via power lines in rural areas, but that project has not seen any progress recently.
 
2020-08-30 9:24:20 AM  

Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.

What do you want anonymous strangers on Twitter to do exactly?


Either to start some sort of outreach, or shut up.

What they are doing now isn't helping anyone except for their own ego.
 
2020-08-30 9:25:07 AM  

cherryl taggart: geggy: Someone should tell them Comcast offer internet connection for $10 a month for low income families and people with disabilities

Not around here it doesn't.  They used to offer a hardship package for new customers, but only for six months and only if you had never had Comcast, EVER.  We looked into it back in 2012, because we qualified on both counts, but needed service that was a wee bit faster than dial up.  For some completely unknown reason, that package vanished in 2017.  Now, unless you bundle, it's $75 a month.  If you bundle, when the weather hits, you get to lose TV, phone, and internet, all while getting to pay more than $150 a month.


No still offered if you child is part of the school lunch program you get it. $9.95 per month plus any local sales taxes no modem rental or install speed. It's just a separate business unit called Internet Essentials.
 
2020-08-30 9:29:04 AM  

DerAppie: Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.

What do you want anonymous strangers on Twitter to do exactly?

Either to start some sort of outreach, or shut up.

What they are doing now isn't helping anyone except for their own ego.


So nobody is allowed to complain about anything unless they start a multi-million dollar non-profit? Do I need to spend a couple decades building contacts within the telecom industry and then leverage those contacts to curry favor with a corrupt leader while I accept bribes from telecom companies and while also committing fraud against the United States to derail major regulatory changes before I'm allowed to have an opinion?
 
2020-08-30 9:42:23 AM  
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2020-08-30 10:11:42 AM  
So... the "kids" are all female? Not that I have a problem with that, it's just that I thought "Ellos" was the proper word for when a group consists of both genders.

/ Not a Spanish expert
// Spanish conversation hour was one of my favorite times at college
/// Wish I could speak it better
 
2020-08-30 10:16:16 AM  
farkeruk -They have a laptop. Who paid for that?

The school where I used to work offered laptops for students above a certain grade. I suspect most schools have something similar. As to how much a poor working family can afford... well... glad you have a handle on that. You might consider tackling the cancer thing next, corporations would pay a lot to keep the workforce working as long as possible.
 
2020-08-30 10:25:42 AM  
hitlersbrain - Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our billionaires another tax cut.
Did the problem go away?
No?
Give our bloated, ridiculous military another 60 billion dollars.
Did the problem go away?
No?
...


Exactly. Why didn't that work? They said it would work...

/one might think the government was more interested in lining their own pockets or something...
//unless one didn't have the mental facilities to realize the colossal immorality and evil intent of it...
///like those who can't access learning and education...
 
2020-08-30 10:28:14 AM  

Alwysadydrmr: waxbeans: payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.

Actually, this is what you get when GOP policies see unnecessary struggle as virtue and character building instead of seeing it for the stupidity that it is.

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Thank you for this. This is my favorite strip from Calvin and Hobbes. I purposely don't see it out so that I don't oversaturate myself with it. Just wanted to let you know.
 
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2020-08-30 10:35:18 AM  
Well, the local school district here ordered several thousand cellular hotspots from a provider that gives the school district filtration and monitoring capabilities on the device, and is assigning these to the kids that don't have residential internet access.
 
2020-08-30 10:38:42 AM  

Tallman: wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA

Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.


We used to subsidize telephone service for rural areas and poor people because everyone needs a phone.  I think we should do that with wifi now.  Maybe if you qualify for reduced price school lunches you pay $10 a month, if you qualify for free school lunches, you pay nothing.
 
2020-08-30 10:42:18 AM  
Our district gave out last year hot spots to those in need and are doing the same this year. fark any district that doesn't do it. It literally costs $20 a month per hotspot at our school so don't tell me you can't afford it.
 
2020-08-30 10:49:16 AM  

Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.

What do you want anonymous strangers on Twitter to do exactly?

Either to start some sort of outreach, or shut up.

What they are doing now isn't helping anyone except for their own ego.

So nobody is allowed to complain about anything unless they start a multi-million dollar non-profit? Do I need to spend a couple decades building contacts within the telecom industry and then leverage those contacts to curry favor with a corrupt leader while I accept bribes from telecom companies and while also committing fraud against the United States to derail major regulatory changes before I'm allowed to have an opinion?


They are allowed to complain, they just shouldn't be pretending to help while not helping at all.
 
2020-08-30 10:57:05 AM  

Tallman: wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA

Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.


Which is funny because everyone is screaming that free Wi-Fi should be a thing.

We don't have free electricity.

We don't have free natural gas.

We don't have free water.

We don't have free sewer service.

We don't have free telephone.

We don't have free garbage service.
 
2020-08-30 10:58:16 AM  

Omnis_evil_twin: My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.


She should look into digital satellite internet service (think DirectTV for Internet). Upstream is slow, but downloading should be fine.
 
2020-08-30 11:05:33 AM  

farkeruk: payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.

Seriously, it isn't. I can get a 100mb/month data sim for £15. Even poor working families can afford that. Maybe not women who get pregnant and live on welfare, though.

And we have nothing but a photo. Maybe they just wanted to go out and do it? They have a laptop. Who paid for that?


Of course, the UK isn't very big compared to the US.

To put it into context, Death Valley is 2/3 the size of Wales and Yellowstone is half the size of Wales.

Montana is 1.6x the size of the entire UK and but holds the population of Birmingham.

We do have large parts of the US with no cell signals or internet because the US is massive.
 
2020-08-30 11:09:09 AM  

Gramma: Tallman: wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA

Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.

We used to subsidize telephone service for rural areas and poor people because everyone needs a phone.  I think we should do that with wifi now.  Maybe if you qualify for reduced price school lunches you pay $10 a month, if you qualify for free school lunches, you pay nothing.


Have you ever been outside of a city in your life?

There are parts of the US where it is hours to the nearest fast food restaurant.

How are they getting free "WiFi"?
 
2020-08-30 11:14:45 AM  
I feel bad for people who can't afford an internet connection or live in a place where it's not available. I can afford to pay for my own connection, and I live in a city outside of Boston that's been wired for years and has a large population. Comcast gives me a decent speed, but for internet and local TV, I pay $95/month. It's not over $100 because I have TV added as a bundle. For the price, my internet speed is 100 Mbps, which I really don't need. I'd pay for a cheaper tier of service, but Comcast doesn't offer it.

Yes, I know. I have service so compared to the people who have to use Taco Bell WiFi, I should be grateful. But, the telecoms have been screwing over people regarding ISP service for a long time. Internet service needs to be considered a right, like it is in Estonia.
 
2020-08-30 11:31:18 AM  

DerAppie: Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: Voiceofreason01: DerAppie: I like how the people on twitter were outraged that the children needed to use the free wifi at Taco Bell to do their homework, and decided to help their community by listing free wifi hotspots. As if the children are sonstupid that they don't know any places in their area that provide free internet.

Problem solved people, problem solved.

What do you want anonymous strangers on Twitter to do exactly?

Either to start some sort of outreach, or shut up.

What they are doing now isn't helping anyone except for their own ego.

So nobody is allowed to complain about anything unless they start a multi-million dollar non-profit? Do I need to spend a couple decades building contacts within the telecom industry and then leverage those contacts to curry favor with a corrupt leader while I accept bribes from telecom companies and while also committing fraud against the United States to derail major regulatory changes before I'm allowed to have an opinion?

They are allowed to complain, they just shouldn't be pretending to help while not helping at all.


You're complaining pretty loudly. What have you done to help recently?
 
2020-08-30 11:37:09 AM  

gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.

She should look into digital satellite internet service (think DirectTV for Internet). Upstream is slow, but downloading should be fine.


She has satellite TV. It was quite a while ago we talked about it but as I recall the plan for TV+Internet Bundle was crazy expensive, slow and with a piddling data cap. And given the area they wouldn't guarantee she'd actually get service (oh but if she signed the two year contract, paid for install and they'd give it a try!  Oh, didn't work? HAHA fark YOU pay for internet you can't use).
 
2020-08-30 11:46:20 AM  

Omnis_evil_twin: gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.

She should look into digital satellite internet service (think DirectTV for Internet). Upstream is slow, but downloading should be fine.

She has satellite TV. It was quite a while ago we talked about it but as I recall the plan for TV+Internet Bundle was crazy expensive, slow and with a piddling data cap. And given the area they wouldn't guarantee she'd actually get service (oh but if she signed the two year contract, paid for install and they'd give it a try!  Oh, didn't work? HAHA fark YOU pay for internet you can't use).


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Grab one of these, get a couple of Ethernet fittings, and just roll it down the mountain and hope someone at the bottom will plug the other end into a free port on their router.
 
2020-08-30 11:54:03 AM  

drjekel_mrhyde: Did Comcast end their free wifi thing?


The problem with Comcast's free wifi thing (or other cable TV providers' wifi) is it only works where there's cable TV service.  Traditionally, the poor parts of town were the last ones to get wired for cable service, and the rural areas generally didn't get cable at all. I haven't paid attention to that infrastructure in a decade or so, but San Francisco's had that as a political issue for years.

And that's not even counting places where cable service got installed town-by-town based on which council member's brother-in-law got the street paving contracts. I'm in the middle of Silicon Valley, and when I moved here 25 years ago, my condo had cable service but we got fewer channels than people in the nearby towns because the infrastructure that Comcast had bought was really lame, and 15-20 years ago various towns had lots of restrictions on what kinds of service the cable companies could provide (so for instance, if a business was near the intersection of 2-3 towns, like many of them around here are, there was just no way to use cable infrastructure to provide them with data service, just TV.)
 
2020-08-30 12:03:50 PM  

gar1013: Gramma: Tallman: wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA

Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.

We used to subsidize telephone service for rural areas and poor people because everyone needs a phone.  I think we should do that with wifi now.  Maybe if you qualify for reduced price school lunches you pay $10 a month, if you qualify for free school lunches, you pay nothing.

Have you ever been outside of a city in your life?

There are parts of the US where it is hours to the nearest fast food restaurant.

How are they getting free "WiFi"?


Yes, I used to live 20 miles south of no where in Texas.  We had satellite for internet.  It pretty much works everywhere. Will there still be some households that are out of reach ? Yes. But it is silly to ignore the 99.9% because someone lives in the Badlands.
 
2020-08-30 12:22:57 PM  
Are we havin fun yet??????
 
2020-08-30 12:45:09 PM  

gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.

She should look into digital satellite internet service (think DirectTV for Internet). Upstream is slow, but downloading should be fine.

She has satellite TV. It was quite a while ago we talked about it but as I recall the plan for TV+Internet Bundle was crazy expensive, slow and with a piddling data cap. And given the area they wouldn't guarantee she'd actually get service (oh but if she signed the two year contract, paid for install and they'd give it a try!  Oh, didn't work? HAHA fark YOU pay for internet you can't use).

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Grab one of these, get a couple of Ethernet fittings, and just roll it down the mountain and hope someone at the bottom will plug the other end into a free port on their router.


You'll never get a connection with that distance. Get a spool of fiber and then it would work.
 
2020-08-30 12:53:01 PM  

farkeruk: payattention: Well, that is what you get when you place greed above humanity. What bothers me is that once this situation passes, nothing is going to change (except the powers that be passing new laws that will make sure we peons cannot get out from under any debt accrued during this crisis, while screaming for free money from Uncle Donny). If there was any real desire to help kids, this internet situation would never have happened in the first place. The real leader of this country is Master Greed, and until this changes, all the whining is just funny.

Seriously, it isn't. I can get a 100mb/month data sim for £15. Even poor working families can afford that. Maybe not women who get pregnant and live on welfare, though.

And we have nothing but a photo. Maybe they just wanted to go out and do it? They have a laptop. Who paid for that?


The fark is anyone going to do with 100mb/month?  Unless that's a typo.  That won't even keep a handful of apps updated, let alone allow kids to participate in their school's daily video conferencing.

I'm stingy AF with my cellular data but even I've used 343 megs this billing cycle and I'm only halfway thru.
 
2020-08-30 1:03:57 PM  

gar1013: Tallman: wademh: Back when libraries were open, some used to go there. But many libraries remain closed to to covid, even when governments are forcing schools to open. USA USA USA

Our local libraries are closed for in-person use (they do have a pickup option!), but they've kept the WiFi going, and indeed have re-arranged hotspots to give better coverage in the parking lot. A surprising number of cars containing people presumably using the WiFi are there at all hours.

Internet service should be treated like a utility.

Which is funny because everyone is screaming that free Wi-Fi should be a thing.

We don't have free electricity.

We don't have free natural gas.

We don't have free water.

We don't have free sewer service.

We don't have free telephone.

We don't have free garbage service.


Ronald Reagan set up a program to provide free and discounted phone service to the poor. His rationale was that it's much more difficult to find work if you don't have a number where a potential employer can contact you. George W. Bush expanded it to provide mobile phones, as technology had moved on since the 1980s.

Free Wifi is the next step. Students can use it to learn. The unemployed can use it to find work and to telecommute. If you want more people to have jobs instead of relying on state benefits, it's the way to go.
 
2020-08-30 1:25:48 PM  

Gunner's Mate First Class Phillip Asshole: gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: gar1013: Omnis_evil_twin: My sister is having a hell of a time because they live outside of town on the side of a mountain and there's no internet or cell service. She has a smartphone but only gets a bar or two on clear days (in Oregon) standing in one specific corner of her house perching on top of a shelf.

They have to load up and drive into town 30mins+ to get any service. She tries to explain to the teachers that, no, her internet was not disconnected, it is not temporarily down, no they can't get a technician to come fix the problem. Her internet never existed in the first place. "Have you tried using your phone as a hotspot?" Ugh.

She should look into digital satellite internet service (think DirectTV for Internet). Upstream is slow, but downloading should be fine.

She has satellite TV. It was quite a while ago we talked about it but as I recall the plan for TV+Internet Bundle was crazy expensive, slow and with a piddling data cap. And given the area they wouldn't guarantee she'd actually get service (oh but if she signed the two year contract, paid for install and they'd give it a try!  Oh, didn't work? HAHA fark YOU pay for internet you can't use).

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Grab one of these, get a couple of Ethernet fittings, and just roll it down the mountain and hope someone at the bottom will plug the other end into a free port on their router.

You'll never get a connection with that distance. Get a spool of fiber and then it would work.


Good thing it's in my cart, as opposed to clicking "buy now".
 
2020-08-30 2:07:33 PM  

payattention: farkeruk -They have a laptop. Who paid for that?

The school where I used to work offered laptops for students above a certain grade. I suspect most schools have something similar. As to how much a poor working family can afford... well... glad you have a handle on that. You might consider tackling the cancer thing next, corporations would pay a lot to keep the workforce working as long as possible.


Anybody remember Juno? the supposedly free Internet access that was ad supported. Not too shabby for a dial up connection.
 
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