The Washington Post report states that the source of the opposition to the FCC’s new goal is a “fierce lobbying campaign” launched by the
$178 billion wireless industry. The lobbying campaign in support of the proposal, however, is just as fierce.
“That has been countered by an equally intense campaign from Google, Microsoft and other tech giants who say a free-for-all WiFi service would
spark an explosion of innovations and devices that would benefit most Americans, especially the poor,”reported the Washington Post.
Institutions such as billionaire philanthropist George Soro’s Open Society Institute have published papers advocating for a public utility-style
Now this story is not without a wrinkle. While no formal or official comment has been made ( that I can find ), either confirming or denying this. A
noted and respected industry analyst has responded by
Telecom analyst Jeffery Eisenach is calling out the Washington Post about a story it ran on the FCC’s supposed ambitions to offer free
nationwide WiFi, calling the piece “almost entirely fiction.”
The Washington Post alleged in a story Sunday that a plan by the FCC was in place to create a free WiFi “super network,” putting the agency at
odds with wireless companies and free-market advocates.
The story blamed a “fierce lobbying campaign” sponsored by wireless carriers for the opposition to the plan, but Eisenach — a principal at
consulting firm Navigant Economics — contended that such a plan was nonexistent.
So there is a possibility that this is all for naught. However, barring no official response from the FCC or anyone else in authority? I feel
justified in continuing to speculate about potential motives for such a move – should one be in the works or even just on the drawing board.
The Digital Trojan Horse
If there is truth to this rumor, I have no doubt in my mind, at all, that the propaganda machine will roll out, full tilt ( possibly the above insider
who denies the rumor is firing the first volley in such a campaign ) - doing everything it can to get us to focus upon anything and everything that
They will lament about free markets, socialism, jobs, and so forth. I am positive that many cellular companies will carpe the proverbial diem and
raise their rates ten fold should these ideas even get whispered loudly enough...
It rains in New Orleans and we get $4.00 a gallon gas, forever and ever amen. The FCC makes a few comments and we all find ourselves paying a buck per
minute for data or calls. Sound ridiculous? So did $4.00 a gallon gas... right up until it became the “new normal”.
All of these things will keep us from seeing the real, underlying devil in these details. Uncle Sam doesn't control Cyberspace right now... and look
to what lengths he goes to just in an attempt to do so. Billions of dollars spent trying to capture our packets, become intimate with our bandwidth,
and read our cookies. The government covets cyberspace – they understand how powerful it is. And I believe that they will stop at nothing to gain
total and utter control of it. The kind of control only an owner, a provider can possibly hope to have. No more nasty warrants – as if they are even
really needed at this point. No more having to hide in the darkness and deny that they are spying. If they owned it? They could simply say “It's
ours. If you want to use it then you'll agree to let us sniff every packet, crack every encryption, and have the right to bust you for the slightest
There are European countries that have free Internet and they do it the right way, or at least they appear to. Then again, there are countries that
have abysmal track records with their own internal control of Cyberspace.
I am not reluctant at all to predict that the US Government would be the worst offender in a long line of offenders if they do take control.
Make no mistake about it. This is the wheel. This is the modern Sanskrit. This trivial thing that we all sit down at to argue with one another on this
message board? This is penicillin, the A-bomb, the internal combustion engine, the compass, mass production, agriculture... it's as important as any
and all of those things.
This is the future. This is the brave new world. Sadly, I think that we, us few, are living in the brief time that others will look back upon and
refer to as “that golden and magical moment when information was both free and accessible”.
That is if the gatekeepers of tomorrow even allow them to know such a time existed.
Thanks for taking the time to read this. It's always greatly appreciated.
edit on 3/1/13 by Hefficide because: (no reason given)