And they're going to hold the Public Utility Districts up as examples of wonderful partnerships, never mind that they are big fat bloated money holes taking the worst of public and joining it with the worst of private (see Grant county PUD, via - did I come across as negative??

Mark Koskenmaki wrote:
Great.   Hang onto your wallets, guys.   It's gonna get rocky.

When you hear these guys say we gotta "do something about it", it means hand
over massive piles of money to "real" business (ie, telcos).

There's nothing here about entreprenurial types being the stars of the
internet spread, it's "the failure of government to make it happen".

"The solution to our broadband crisis must ultimately involve public-private
initiatives like those that built the railroad, highway and telephone
systems. Combined with an overhaul of our universal service system to make
sure it is focusing on the needs of broadband, this represents our best
chance at recapturing our leadership position."

This means nothing other than some big business being given a monopoly and
getting into bed with the government.

<  pounds head on desk...  People get what they vote for...why, oh
why...don't they learn >

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----- Original Message ----- From: "Peter R." <[EMAIL PROTECTED]>
To: "WISPA General List" <>
Sent: Thursday, November 09, 2006 12:37 AM
Subject: [WISPA] America's InternetDisconnect

FCC Commissioner Mike Copps writes an editorial for the Wash. Post

America's Internet Disconnect

By Michael J. Copps
Wednesday, November 8, 2006; Page A27

America's record in expanding broadband communication is so poor that it
should be viewed as an outrage by every consumer and businessperson in the
country. Too few of us have broadband connections, and those who do pay
much for service that is too slow. It's hurting our economy, and things
only going to get worse if we don't do something about it.

The United States is 15th in the world in broadband penetration, according
to the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). When the ITU measured
broader "digital opportunity" index (considering price and other factors)
were 21st -- right after Estonia. Asian and European customers get home
connections of 25 to 100 megabits per second (fast enough to stream
high-definition video). Here, we pay almost twice as much for connections
that are one-twentieth the speed.

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