posted on Feb, 4 2014 @ 12:48 AM
reply to post by TDawgRex
In the spirit of full disclosure, I have had to resort to paying a "premium" fee to accommodate my family's "modern" internet needs. I winced a
bit, at the irony of falling to the exact commercial trap their 'freedom to manage' represented - as so many of us predicted.
Oh for the old days, when modems connect to a phone line (which, at the time, remained the worlds only telecommunication system to be regulated to
99.9% reliability* (Hence old hardline phone that worked when the power went out, amongst other old-fashioned needs.)
* - I'm being hyperbolic here.
It irks me that this 'global connectivity' now depends on some 'economic' metric... they now make billions whenever we want to gather and speak,
using the infrastructure our tax-dollars payed for. That absurd nonsense about 'the ISP's investment is laughable .. once the profit scheme is
exposed, and the stakeholders are identified. The internet has made us able to understand things much better than back in the 70's and 80's when
big shots could b/s their way into getting money - as long as they asked the right people, added the appropriate political "flavor" to it, etc.
I think it's high time we should reevaluate the true "cost" of the citizens' investment, which seems to have been grossly undervalued, enough to
challenge by measure of results. Of course, the "lion's share" of any of their proceeds goes into a black hole of interlinked corporate
'entities.' I just don't understand when we, the American people forgot that the idiots playing town hall, and popularity contest can't possibly
"lead" us anywhere. All they do is perform. It is important, I think, to make the distinction that in reality, whether conservatives or liberals,
republicans, or democrats; what does it matter... they are supposed to do as they are told.... what's up with that?
Frankly, since the nation's cyber-security is a mission of the DHLS I would expect them to weigh in..., but then, for them it's a win-win anyway, so
why waste the political currency?