Wednesday, February 03, 2016

American Priorities

Here we go again:  "Google Fiber and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) have partnered to bring 'ultra-high speed' 1 gigabit Internet to public housing units in many cities – a connection speed much faster than the average household in the United States.  West Bluff Townhomes in Kansas City, Mo., has become the first public housing development with a 1 gigabit or 1,000 mbps Internet connection through the ConnectHome Initiative. Google Fiber said the speed has been provided free of charge and at no cost to HUD."  If you recall, back in 2010, free internet service was actually referred to as a "basic right" and a "civil right."

Sounds like the computer version of the Obamaphone!  I've always thought that if you get anything for free, you should be required to do something in return to earn it: work a certain amount of hours, or volunteer.  Also, usage should be restricted. With free phones, you should have only a certain amount of minutes; or the ability to dial only 9-1-1. With free Internet, limited (not unlimited) access, and only certain websites would be available, such as job websites.

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