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Shiai

I think it's perhaps more accurate to say that McCain's staff does an awful lot of tweeting on his account.

Carl Dershem

The ignorant are always easier to control, and the Big Media companies are relying on that.

I wonder what McCain's staff tweeter's job title is.

Jeff Mariotte

I'm not sure a staffer would be stupid enough to tweet about what an interesting dude Gadhafi is...or if so, that staffer should have been immediately fired. 
At any rate, this is a ridiculous bill. If he wants to do something useful he should introduce a bill providing high-speed internet to all American households, so the rest of the world doesn't leave us behind as the internet in America becomes a plaything of the rich and out of reach of the poor.

THEJJNADO

well, I do believe the internet needs to have some sort of government agency monitoring it...i just think there are too many things that are available that shouldn't be, and i'm saying this as someone who hasn't paid for a song in 12 years, lol (except for pearl jam albums...only group i'll actually pay for a cd).

i know that the net is kind of the last bastion of total freedom for a lot of people, but i also know that it's a haven for a lot of illegal activity, and not just "dude, you have the weed for tonight?" messages...


much more sinister stuff....the net is to us now what radio was back in the 10s and 20s...it was freedom..you could say what you want whenever you want. that's good, but it also has its drawbacks.

only thing i'm afraid of is that the govt. would use "some control" to mean "total control"

but still, really, can they keep you from expressing yourself on the net now that it's out there?

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THEJJNADO

jeff...do you know how BEHIND most of europe is on the Internet front?
it's ridiculous.
a lot of countries still use home phonelines to connect, and it costs PER MINUTE when they're on the net.
these are the same countries that had cell phones used as home phones 10 years before we did.

europe is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy behind the us in computer and internet tech....but east asia is wayyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy ahead

Jeff Mariotte

According to the most recent statistics I've seen (2007) the US ranks 19th in percentage of homes with broadband access.  Bermuda is #1 (probably not a huge challenge there), but the 7 countries behind them are European, then the Asians come in. Finland just legislated 100% broadband, so they'll be moving up from 8th place (again, based on 2 year old stats). In all, there were 13 European countries ahead of us on the charts.  And when I work with Europeans they always marvel at how far behind my access is.

Remember when we were the richest, most technologically advanced country in the world?

http://www.internetworldstats.com/dsl.htm

THEJJNADO

but those statistics are skewed. as you point out with the bermuda comment. I mean, all european countries are ridiculously smaller than the united states. so, for all of us who have the fastest public internet available in the united states (like me) in a town of 120k, there are millions of people living in the sticks still using dial up (no offense, jeff, lol) or without even an internet computer, or any computer of any kind.

granted, there are some people in europe who have better broadband, but i'd say population wise, those numbers are really skewed.

you live in the middle of nowhere, like my mom, and she just got broadband last year after i repeatedly told her that her rural cable company was costing her more than getting direct tv or at&t tv that would give her broadband internet. she was using dial up until last year.

and companies like aol still abuse customers with yearly fees by convincing them they can't even get online without them. my mom just learned the other day that she could just hit explorer to get online on her laptop without going through aol.

american numbers are skewed opposed to other (especially european) countries' broadband access because we have more rural areas, have a larger population living in rural areas and have a larger, poor population living in urban areas than they do.

Jeff Mariotte

That's my point--I believe that high-speed internet access leads to increased economic activity, and greater cultural and intellectual advantages (as opposed to simply making sure everybody know the same jokes and sees the same cute kittens videos).  So it shouldn't be something available only to the wealthy or the upper middle class, but we should be making a greater effort, for the benefit of the country as a whole, to get it into poor and rural areas where people need those things.
So far, any effort we're making is half-hearted and driven only be economic considerations--if company X or Y thinks it can make a big enough profit by moving into a particular area.  I don't think those for-profit considerations should be the only driving force.

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