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URGENT! Governments new approach to take over the Internet!

This is the email:
Dear XXXXXX,

The Federal Communications Commission's plan to create free public WiFi networks across the nation is rallying the open internet troops -- and seriously rattling the $178 billion wireless industry.

When free WiFi first appeared, it generated an explosion of innovation that helped level the playing field for the underprivileged and change the face of modern technology.

But a further expansion of free WiFi would also allow us to make calls or surf the Internet without paying a cell carrier for the privilege -- which is why companies like AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless are doing their best to take it down.

Facts are facts: by breaking the wireless provider monopoly on wireless access, we have a chance to expand Internet use to the poor, bolster innovation and help create a more vibrant online community. Help us take WiFi from carrier-centric to user-centric: Write the FCC to show your support now!

MESSAGE FOR FCC CHAIRMAN JULIUS GENACHOWSKI: We stand with your quest to provide nationwide free public WiFi over the next several years, and urge you not to back down when facing threats to innovation from carriers like Verizon, T-Mobile and AT&T.

(Please sign, petition link)

I took out the hyperlink. Please don't sign this crap.




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Looks like tierd internet that some cell providers have been talking about.They make it sound so great.But when you read up on it,you see that there are different volumes of data.If you go over your data,you get HUGE overage fees!!!

Regulation

Regulation creates an artificial atmosphere of non-competition. Free up the markets and such overage fees would merely bankrupt the overage fee-er.

"Free" internet or "free internet"?

Any time that the government offers something "free", then is the time to look VERY carefully! Somehow free goodies from government unavoidably turn out to be unaffordably expensive as time goes by, from free education-the "publik skoolz", to "free heathcare"-remember that? the independence, quality, and even reasonable access disappears as government intervention and subsidies tighten.

Eventually, we may have government "free internet", but it will have, and be, nothing that we associate with the internet today. It will have a lot more in common with FCC regulated network TV, which is 'free' to the consumer and worth every penny, if you know what I mean!

We no doubt will also be plagued by the Paul Krugmans of the world, who will yammer endlessly how the internet failed because of "cutthroat competiton" and "corporate greed" and the government (who else?) had to step in to save the free market from itself..."

Free internet from the FCC? Look again, and more carefully!

PEACE AND FREEDOM!!

"The worst thing that can happen to a good cause is not to be attacked successfully, it is to be defended badly". F. Bastiat

"First they ignore you, then they laugh at you, finally they attack you, and then you win"! Mohandas Gandhi

Many options exist for us to move to mesh now

but I am still waiting for them all to talk to each other ubiquitously and indestructibly. Free download for existing devices...
http://opengarden.com/

Free upgraded, higher speed with username login access
http://corp.fon.com/

A new-router based wider range system using smart meters as additional nodes.
http://www.tropos.com/products/performance_mesh.html

Excuse me

Did you just use the term "wireless provider monopoly?" Ha.

Um, but no thanks. The

Um, but no thanks. The government will then claim it can regulate it and then they may even restrict certain websites (alternative news, porn, etc.). Even worse, the will make you get an internet ID and they can track your browsing.

Just say no to government.

No, no, no

You want to take away the control over what is allowed on the internet from the 3-5 private companies that now have it and give it to the government directly? Sorry, but not me.

I'll stick with the mesh network that's being developed. Each person owns equipment that transmits their data outward in all directions for 1-4 miles. Every device that intercepts it can bid to send it on or not, depending on whether it was busy or not. Data is sent completely by the end users acting as relays to each other. Data throughput is massively increased, costs are dropped to zero (after buying the router or reconfiguring the cell phone) and authoritarian control is non-existent.

All we're waiting for is some standardization among the 4 (I think) competing technologies and it'll become just another app to download.