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Posted: 3/9/2010 10:52:47 AM EDT
Sit on your ass and get free stuff!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators may dedicate spectrum to free wireless Internet service for some Americans to increase affordable broadband service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.
The FCC provided few details about how it would carry out such a plan and who would qualify, but will make a recommendation under the National Broadband Plan set for release next week. The agency will determine details later.

OK so it doesn't say exactly that but read between the lines, hell why not as we supply the lay abouts with free cell phone why not. Go Obama, and make sure I pay for it with more taxes on my service, OK.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:04:30 AM EDT
Originally Posted By Warrior102:
Sit on your ass and get free stuff!

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. regulators may dedicate spectrum to free wireless Internet service for some Americans to increase affordable broadband service nationwide, the Federal Communications Commission said on Tuesday.
The FCC provided few details about how it would carry out such a plan and who would qualify, but will make a recommendation under the National Broadband Plan set for release next week. The agency will determine details later.

OK so it doesn't say exactly that but read between the lines, hell why not as we supply the lay abouts with free cell phone why not. Go Obama, and make sure I pay for it with more taxes on my service, OK.


"One way of making broadband more affordable is to "consider use of spectrum for a free or a very low cost wireless broadband service," the FCC said in a statement."

I dunno...can't get more clear than that. Sickening, but not surprising...
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:05:52 AM EDT
Hope and change!
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:06:46 AM EDT
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:08:31 AM EDT
Affordable != free.

At least, when the current administration is NOT concerned. Under them, yeah, this will equal free. Subsidized by taxpayers.


I'd bet if a system were put in place, and 'low income' people had internet access... 90% of their traffic would be porn.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:09:25 AM EDT
But wait! We'll have to give them computers too!


And laptops for school!


And iPhones!


What else lets see....

Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:10:05 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/9/2010 11:13:05 AM EDT by mattellis2]
why not? trac phone is already subsidizing cell phones for the rats that are too lazy to work for their own. their commercial makes me sick.

ETA: here ya go
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:10:14 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Matthew_Q:
Affordable != free.

At least, when the current administration is NOT concerned. Under them, yeah, this will equal free. Subsidized by taxpayers.


I'd bet if a system were put in place, and 'low income' people had internet access... 90% of their traffic would be porn.

The other 10% is throwing up gang signs on MySpace.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:10:26 AM EDT
Shit, I'm going to move into a welfare building and steal it back from them.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:10:40 AM EDT
...and of course only available in urban areas.

Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:11:44 AM EDT
How else do you expect the welfare recipients to play games online on their plasma's and LCD's and tweet?
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:17:54 AM EDT
Crikies, settle down. There aren't enough details on this to get your panties all in a bunch.

The way it would probably work is the FCC will auction certain spectrums at a discounted rate and add a licensing provision that whoever buys it provide inexpensive broadband support with it. It could even be free, subsidized by advertising or whatever.

Now what makes more sense, what I just described or "OMGz they's gonna give the welfare rats free porn web interwebz!!!"?
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:19:04 AM EDT
You all think this is for the poor welfare recipients...WRONG!

The beneficiaries will be the providers and the retail sales generated

Making all that money from gov and the undisciplined welfare dregs.

Corporate entities got Obama in their pocket just like they had Bush.

Of course you all won't believe it until Limbaugh says so.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 11:21:45 AM EDT

Originally Posted By Kurg:
Crikies, settle down. There aren't enough details on this to get your panties all in a bunch.

The way it would probably work is the FCC will auction certain spectrums at a discounted rate and add a licensing provision that whoever buys it provide inexpensive broadband support with it. It could even be free, subsidized by advertising or whatever.

Now what makes more sense, what I just described or "OMGz they's gonna give the welfare rats free porn web interwebz!!!"?

I'm going with that.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 12:14:17 PM EDT

Originally Posted By Kurg:
Crikies, settle down. There aren't enough details on this to get your panties all in a bunch.

The way it would probably work is the FCC will auction certain spectrums at a discounted rate and add a licensing provision that whoever buys it provide inexpensive broadband support with it. It could even be free, subsidized by advertising or whatever.

Now what makes more sense, what I just described or "OMGz they's gonna give the welfare rats free porn web interwebz!!!"?


Buzz kill.
Link Posted: 3/9/2010 12:25:13 PM EDT
Originally Posted By mattellis2:
why not? trac phone is already subsidizing cell phones for the rats that are too lazy to work for their own. their commercial makes me sick.

ETA: here ya go


From that same link:

There is no "Obama phone" or other newly created federal program to provide free cell phones. As you may know, this is a myth that is now circulating on the Web via email and blog sites. It has been thoroughly debunked by independent groups. (See for example: FactCheck.org at http://www.factcheck.org/2009/10/the-obama-phone/, which notes: "Low-income households have been eligible for discounted telephone service for more than a decade. But the program is funded by telecom companies, not by taxes, and the president has nothing to do with it."


The federal "Lifeline" program was created during the Reagan Administration. Lifeline is a federal program created by the Reagan era Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in 1984. The program was enhanced under Telecommunications Act of 1996, which was supported on a broadly bipartisan basis in Congress. The FCC’s Low Income Program of the Universal Service Fund, which is administered by the Universal Service Administrative Company (USAC), is designed to ensure that quality telecommunications services are available to low-income customers at just, reasonable, and affordable rates. Lifeline support reduces eligible low-income consumers' monthly charges for basic telephone service.
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