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Old 04-18-2013, 03:49 AM
 
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City Offers Free Internet Access, Computers to Low-income Households - DNAinfo.com Chicago

 
Old 04-18-2013, 03:59 AM
 
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No point me working for all the stuff I enjoy.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 04:13 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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No point me working for all the stuff I enjoy.
And we wonder why the labor pool is declining? Progressives are parasites who eat their own and then exclaim how their ideology works! It's the lunatics running the asylum.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 04:37 AM
 
Location: Area 51.5
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This is obviously a government run program. I say that because, just for the heck of it, I went to that Connect To Compete website and plugged in my zipcode.

On the page that came up, I got these 2 'competing' messages:

You live in a zip code that qualifies for our deeply discounted Internet and computer offers!

and:

Unfortunately, there are no discounted Internet offers available in your area at this time.

This, my friends, is a prime example of what's wrong with anything the government touches.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 04:38 AM
 
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No point me working for all the stuff I enjoy.
why don't you just pack your job in then?
 
Old 04-18-2013, 04:40 AM
 
Location: Long Island, NY
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No point me working for all the stuff I enjoy.
As long as you want to live in a select set of zip codes in poor neighborhoods.

On the merits of the program, the linked article indicates it is worthwhile. On Internet cost in general, in the U.S. Internet access is an oligopoly controlled by a few players who keep costs high. In Europe, the cost of high speed Internet is a faction of the cost. The idea that wifi should be a public service available everywhere, is also a good idea.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 05:23 AM
 
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As long as you want to live in a select set of zip codes in poor neighborhoods.
Thats how the phone program started as well.. Then as soon as big business seen the money to be made by giving away free crap and billing the taxpayers, it expanded everywhere..

Note the, "Become a Partner" up top, which expands the program

http://www.connect2compete.org/become-a-partner/
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On the merits of the program, the linked article indicates it is worthwhile. On Internet cost in general, in the U.S. Internet access is an oligopoly controlled by a few players who keep costs high. In Europe, the cost of high speed Internet is a faction of the cost. The idea that wifi should be a public service available everywhere, is also a good idea.
One thing that can be guaranteed by reading some of your postings, we can always be sure you'll support giving **** to people for nothing.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 05:30 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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It's called Connect America.
The FCC is moving from the Lifeline program to this.
It's not complete yet as they bring their pilot programs to more cities.

The FCC announced this last year.
Hopefully they won't let people self-verify like they did with Lifeline and later find out 41% didn't qualify.

The FCC determined access to the internet is a necessity like access to a phone.

Connect America Fund (CAF) | FCC.gov
 
Old 04-18-2013, 05:40 AM
 
Location: Annandale, VA
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Limited internet access should be free to all for surfing. Downloads/upload of files should cost money.
 
Old 04-18-2013, 05:44 AM
 
Location: Great State of Texas
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Limited internet access should be free to all for surfing. Downloads/upload of files should cost money.
A data plan and smartphones are included with this.
You'd have to read through the FCC info about the details which I forgot.
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