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Poor? Lucky you, get internet for 10$ a month

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posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 04:16 AM
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That's what they're threatened by, poor people might learn something about being oppressed by the wealthy and might actually go out and vote! They'll vote for higher taxes on the rich, greater safety nets for the poor and and stronger unionization laws! Oh they humanity(or lack thereof)!!

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America has some of the most expensive high-speed internet costs with some of the largest, most profitable internet service providers. I'd guess 95% of Americans don't realize how incredibly expensive it is compared to other, industrialized, nations. All this while simply 'maintaining' the networks, the rural areas rarely, if ever, receive a broadband connection.




posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:07 AM
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i live in a rural area i pay 50 dollars a month for 5gigs of service 10 dollars per gig over and its 3g wireless i would hardly call it broad band its about 1.2 megs down and 400 up talk about a rip off
they justed added 4g but ill need to buy an antenna if i hope to get that and the speed will be alot faster but i could also use up my 5g for the month in about 30 mins or less with that 1 file the size of a dvd would pretty much use all my bandwidth



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:11 AM
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Originally posted by beezzer

Originally posted by SG-17
Having easy access to the internet is a right now that it is required to have a productive and meaningful life.

Access to information should never be stifled.

Libraries.
Already there.
Or is walking to said places just too much to ask for.


So essentialy you are saying "why should a business offer a service for money, when there is already a government agency providing something similiar (libraries)"?



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:15 AM
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Comcast can go off them; they told me I did not live in their service area when the house behind me at most 20 feet away has their service. I guess unless you live in a subdivision your service is not desired. So I have to pay $60 a month for unlimited internet via a hot spot which gets 3 bars max or I can get dial-up, my choice, all because Comcast does not provide service 20 feet away.

/end rant

On topic: So long as the government is not subsidizing the program what is the harm? It is a private company finding a way within the market place to compete with other companies for business. Is that not the free-market way? I say congratulations to Comcast for showing what happens when businesses compete.
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posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:19 AM
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seems like you are all getting ripped off.
i get 6 months unlimited internet for just £15



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:22 AM
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Originally posted by gougitousakusha
let them pirate PC games and movies, less on the street bangin for fun. maybe porn addiction will increase and birthrates amongst the poor will decrease.
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I don't know whats more pathetic.

Spying on people's internet activities/email or people being snobish about a MegaCorp's bargain service like you paying more to a MegaCorp makes you better than a person paying $100+(Like I used to: Att and comcast) to a corporate entity. So what. They don't care about you. You don't care about them. They just offer a solid service.Which is all I care about really.

All this other social engineering stuff is silly. Most people will use this to get Vonage,World of Warcraft, and LAN access for XboxLive and PSN.

Comcast is adapting. Thats good. More bargain service is great for us poor people.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:25 AM
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Originally posted by pez1975
i live in a rural area i pay 50 dollars a month for 5gigs of service 10 dollars per gig over and its 3g wireless i would hardly call it broad band its about 1.2 megs down and 400 up talk about a rip off
they justed added 4g but ill need to buy an antenna if i hope to get that and the speed will be alot faster but i could also use up my 5g for the month in about 30 mins or less with that 1 file the size of a dvd would pretty much use all my bandwidth


Go ahead and pay 80 and get a sprint 4G WLAN card. Unlimited data plan. No throttling, no caps,no overage data charges.
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posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 09:25 AM
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America has some of the most expensive high-speed internet costs with some of the largest, most profitable internet service providers. I'd guess 95% of Americans don't realize how incredibly expensive it is compared to other, industrialized, nations. All this while simply 'maintaining' the networks, the rural areas rarely, if ever, receive a broadband connection.


I hadn't realised they where so expensive for you guys... I guess you learn something new every day, thank you for that


I thought it would be the other way around as I assumed I would be paying much more than the average American for the same service.

At times I can not help but feel that we have upside down and back to front perceptions of the world we live in.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 10:33 AM
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$45.00 total for unlimited 10-15mbps here. Slow dial up is $10.00, so I'm fine with the price to speed ratio. Another problem wit dial up is having to have phone service. Prepaid cells are the best deal at 15.00 a month.

Maybe I should write "A Handbook for the Recently Unemployed". It's pretty easy to live fairly well on next to nothing. Well, you may have to give up the house and live in a government neighborhood. Having been all over the monetary spectrum, I can't really see an incentive to make more money. I'm just doing it to impress the GF and our kid.

Anyway, some people are at the low end of the pay scale by choice. I'm wondering if they're prejudged or condemned here.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 10:36 AM
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i would but i cant get a sprint signal here even with a 15db gain antenna



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 10:51 AM
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Only for low-income families with children?


 
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posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 10:59 AM
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I sometimes think they want everyone on the internet, online banking, paperless bills, etc. then one day they'll just pull the plug and we're all pooped.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:02 AM
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Just another reason to sit back, do nothing and let the Govt fulfill your every wish and desire.



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posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:03 AM
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It's easier to organize flash mobs when everyone has Facebook and cell phones. LOL!

Actually, kids not having access to internet for school assignments is an issue. Teachers post many things on line. Much research is not via internet as schools are not updating their expensive encyclopedias. Poor parents usually don't have working phones and connecting via email would be one alternative. Although, as most of these families cannot afford to keep their phones turned on, they probably won't be able to afford the $10 per month internet fee, either.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:13 AM
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Originally posted by 11165
wow... are you guys seriously mad at comcast offering cheap internet to poor people? i understand as a arm chair consipracy advocate you cant be happy with anything but redbull and wireless peripherals... but sheesh... comcast is not your government just a company (probably getting a write off) doing what looks to be a GOOD thing

mad when the poor are kept down and mad when the poor are helped out... wow
edit on 7-8-2011 by 11165 because: (no reason given)


I don't understand there mindset either, but at least one of those posting has admitted on ATS there paid political hacks.

Yes welfare is bad and needs to be eliminated because everyone on it is lazy...I guess the new lazy equals poor...anyway lets get rid of all government aid towards citizens heavens knows we have plenty of jobs to go around....


Can't wait till the tea party bankrupts itself and has to layoff there propaganda machine, then we will see a change in there tune when they must rely on food stamps and unemployment....



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:14 AM
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The biggest requirement is a family must have at least one child who receives free lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program.

www.digitaljournal.com...

So you increase the "need" for school lunch programs by giving away cheap internet. This is creating an artificial dependence on the government. If you have a computer, and yet, can't provide lunch for your child, then priorities are really messed up.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:18 AM
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Originally posted by beezzer
Oh goodie!

Entitlement number 1,598,037

I guess libraries aren't good enough anymore.
What's this little treasure costing us?



it wont cost you anything...... Why would it cost you anything? Who is telling you that you have to buy them a computer?Who said you have to pay the 10 bucks a month for them? The only ones this will cost, are those who decide to shell out the 10 bucks a month for internet access.

As far as I can see, they are the ones paying... Which makes it NOT an entitlement at all... I mean, come on, you know better.....

Stores do this all the time.It's called giving people a discount. A lot of restaurants even give discounts to old people......

Don't worry,you don't have to start buying all old peoples meals now....I promise.
edit on 7-8-2011 by gimme_some_truth because: (no reason given)



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:28 AM
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Originally posted by gimme_some_truth

Originally posted by beezzer
Oh goodie!

Entitlement number 1,598,037

I guess libraries aren't good enough anymore.
What's this little treasure costing us?



it wont cost you anything...... Why would it cost you anything? Who is telling you that you have to buy them a computer?Who said you have to pay the 10 bucks a month for them? The only ones this will cost, are those who decide to shell out the 10 bucks a month for internet access.

As far as I can see, they are the ones paying... Which makes it NOT an entitlement at all... I mean, come on, you know better.....

Stores do this all the time.It's called giving people a discount. A lot of restaurants even give discounts to old people......

Don't worry,you don't have to start buying all old peoples meals now....I promise.
edit on 7-8-2011 by gimme_some_truth because: (no reason given)


The ISP is just giving away service, for $10 a month???

Can you say Govt reimbursement???



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:29 AM
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Originally posted by beezzer

The biggest requirement is a family must have at least one child who receives free lunches as part of the National School Lunch Program.

www.digitaljournal.com...

So you increase the "need" for school lunch programs by giving away cheap internet. This is creating an artificial dependence on the government. If you have a computer, and yet, can't provide lunch for your child, then priorities are really messed up.



Well said beezer.

We are living in interesting times........spend, spend, spend.....whatever $ you have on things you don't really need.

Everyone is living outside of their means, and has no food in the pantry..........dependant on next (months) weeks check is a real drag.

I am currently working on not having to do that though.



posted on Aug, 7 2011 @ 11:45 AM
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Of course it will cost me something. When a cable business is operating at a margin of say 10% and they obtain that margin for providing internet service for $50/month and the government tells them that they have to provide that service for $10 for a group of folks, they can do one of three things.

1. Get money from the government to cover the difference, that could be in direct cash grants or in a tax break for the $40/month they aren't charging.

2. Cut services for everyone to maintain that margin

3. Raise prices on everyone to cover the $40 they are not getting

On numbers 1 & 2 I pay either indirectly through higher taxes or directly through higher fees. On number 2, I pay in a qualitative sense for having my services reduced.

Now you might suggest that the cable company simply decide to operate on a reduced margin. Fine, then everyone who owns that company via stocks or corporate bonds is paying for it. Bottom-line, once again, those who are receiving it are not the ones who pay for it. Why are they recieving it? Because the government has stipulated that these folks have a right to receive it.

It is the definition of an entitlement
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