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Opinion Internet is a utility. Govt should provide free internet for all homes

Discussion in 'The War Room' started by Queen B, Jan 13, 2021.

  1. MilesAbove Gold Belt

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    How you gonna get them to provide it without controlling it?
     
  2. Clifford_Harris Purple Belt

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    Lol electricity and water aren't free, why would the internet be? I never understood this internet being free because it's a utility when you have to pay for other utilities.
     
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  3. ineverpost Red Belt

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    you always have the option of becoming one of those do nothings
     
  4. Seano Hands of bone

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    The problem is when you start wondering if you'd be better off "becoming one of those do nothings" than getting up and going to work everyday.
     
  5. Jackie Blue Gold Belt

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    Tech companies should be taxed and regulated as a utility with 1st Amendment protections for users in the modern-day public square.
     
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  6. Diogenes of Sinope Black Belt

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    Agreed. In a world where the majority of our speech takes place on internet-based platforms, the law needs to scale
     
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  7. chardog That's President Donald Trump

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    yep, considering government locked us down, it's our primary way of communication
     
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  8. Prefect Black Belt

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    You basically can't function now days with out the internet. Try getting a job driving around town looking for help wanted signs.
     
  9. Prefect Black Belt

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    It just provides welfare to pay for that.
     
  10. Prefect Black Belt

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    You are near broke, aren't you?
     
  11. MMAViewer Black Belt

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    How would you get all your likes if we didn't make sure Cleetus could read your posts?
     
  12. MMAViewer Black Belt

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    People do not buy mansions. Banks do. Boot straps lil bucko
     
  13. rearnakedchoke Suck it!

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    They are already voting against their best interests, they don’t need others doing that.
     
  14. Le Mercenaire Double Yellow Card Double Yellow Card

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    Good
     
  15. koquerelle Silver Belt

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    QueenB, taking low iq trolling at a new level
    Good job, mods!
     
  16. djacobox372 Gold Belt

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    If the government provides it you are protected constitutionally, if a private company provides it you are far more "controlled." Especially when that private company starts colluding with governent, as is the case now--worst of both worlds.
     
  17. Fluffernutter Gold Belt

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    I agree with the opinion that internet must be seen as a utility.

    However, where was this passion back in March when the schools moved online?
     
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  18. Loiosh Detective Platinum Member

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    We absolutely should.

    Resources are plentiful. Some of them should be free, including what you named and a good deal more. Internet should be free, no question. As a free resource it's arguably more important than any other.

    It's all in the Pareto distribution. The vast majority of the work will always be done by the same percentage of people. A certain percentage of people are going to do little to no work. A certain percentage of people in the middle are going to do most of the complaining.

    The number of people in poverty who want for food in North America is outrageous.

    This is the most socialist series of statements I will have ever made anywhere, but we could and should be better. I wouldn't work any less hard or be any less productive if people who did nothing were fed and housed and I helped pay for it. That's already the case by choice and donation, which is a ridiculously inefficient way to deal with national problems.

    The focus on maximization of profit limits us a species.
     
  19. panamaican Senior Moderator Staff Member Senior Moderator

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    I certainly agree with your pareto distribution. I don't really agree on the utilities thing though. I think that utilities shouldn't be free even though I'm fine with massive regulation on them. I think the cost issue can be handled through a variety of social aid programs. I'm aware of various state and city level programs that will pay or subsidize the utilities of the poor. I think such a thing is viable for the internet as well.

    I do agree that it has passed into the realm of essential at this point and access has to be guaranteed. But I like local programs better than "free" because free means taxes and federal implementation and I'm not sure how you implement that better with the feds than through the states.

    Although something like federal block grants might make sense.
     

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