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Free Nationwide Wireless Internet

http://www.isp-planet.com/cplanet/tech/2006/prime_letter_060522.html

If this happens, I will be ditching the home phone line which we only keep for the DSL at this point.

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tragemorph
May. 24th, 2006 12:25 am (UTC)
I have to say, it's suprising to see a stalwart libertarian like yourself believing that the government will be able to effectively deploy, manage and maintain such a netowrk that is sufficiently reliable and powerful for everyday use =)

Google and Earthlink (whom I have more faith in in regards to such technical matters than the government) seem to have their hands full getting a free municipal wi-fi network going just for San Francisco and Mountain View- and other towns which have already deployed such networks have been flooded with complaints ab out quality and reliability of service.
kmo
May. 24th, 2006 03:55 pm (UTC)
The Government's Role: Minimal
The government has nothing to do with this except for granting the license for the use of the bandwidth and taking a cut of the profits.

A VC-backed venture called M2Z conceived and will implement the plan unless the FCC says no to the request to use the 20 megahertz of spectrum. The government has nothing to do with this project outside of the fact that they hold a big red "Request Denied!!!" stamp over the whole proceeding.
resipisco
May. 24th, 2006 01:04 am (UTC)
Panopticon here we come!
kmo
May. 24th, 2006 04:09 pm (UTC)
Panopticon
I don't think we can avoid some form of Panopticon society. I take particular interest in making sure that get one in which information and accountability flow both ways, from the citizenry to the police to the government and back again. David Brin calls that sort of arrangement The Transparent Society.

Altrnatively, information and accountability can flow from the citizenry to the police and government but not back to the citizenry. George Orwell described a society based on this model of Panopticon society in his novel 1984. We generally call societies based on that model totalitarian regimes, but we have never seen the kind of totalitarin Panopticon regime that ubiquitos, microsopic surveilance devices will enable in places like Nort Korea and Myanmar if they stay on the path they've followed in recent decades.

I also take a fairly keen interest in what business-minded, forward-looking places like Dubai and Singapore will do with their Panopticon infrastructures. These institutional mentality in these places seems to have little concern for civil liberties except where such infringements would hurt business.
resipisco
May. 24th, 2006 04:39 pm (UTC)
Re: Panopticon
Many-to-one panopticon here we come!

;)
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