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Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 1) 367

by MickyTheIdiot (#48933581) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

bullshit. What you're suggesting is more anti-free market than what I suggested. What statements like this always forget that "free market" is assumed that the people involved are somewhat equal. It's not "free market" to allow one group of people to choose winners and losers. Not every small business is free to just pick up and leave, either.

Comment: Re:What are the practical results of this? (Score 4, Informative) 367

by MickyTheIdiot (#48933377) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

This is why common carrier status should come in. Not providing good Internet to rural areas basically allows local providers to choose who wins and who loses when it comes to business. There are few businesses that can operate without good Internet connections now, and that number is sure to decrease.

Comment: choosing winners and losers (Score 2) 94

by MickyTheIdiot (#48917025) Attached to: FCC Fines Verizon For Failing To Investigate Rural Phone Problems

"They cause rural businesses to lose customers"

This is the argument I don't hear enough about network neutrality. If everyone's one traffic isn't treated with some equality then we essentially let telco companies choose the winners and losers in a whole lot of businesses, not just Internet related businesses. If companies want monopoly protects they should be hit and hit hard when they refuse to treat rural or any other customers the same. Verizon shouldn't only be fined, the should lose their entire business in these areas.

Comment: Re:Boston Representing (Score 5, Informative) 394

by MickyTheIdiot (#48914761) Attached to: "Mammoth Snow Storm" Underwhelms

This isn't just media. Every decision made can be easily second guessed. The media does it and tons of "savvy" citizens on the Internet do the same thing. There is second guessing even when the call was made right.

If the failure went the other way and thousands were stranded or killed the EXACT SAME group of people would be bitching.

Comment: life in the U.S. (Score 5, Insightful) 255

by MickyTheIdiot (#48903543) Attached to: Verizon, Cable Lobby Oppose Spec-Bump For Broadband Definition

I am not sure that this group of people has any business telling me what I need or don't need.

In the U.S. at least cable needs real competition in the broadband market. This is where the main oposition to growth is. We shouldn't be listening to them about anything at all.

It's too bad we live in a country almost entirely run by lobbyists...

Comment: Re:Wrong priorities (Score 1) 253

by MickyTheIdiot (#48874331) Attached to: IRS Warns of Downtime Risk As Congress Makes Cuts

Again, I think this is a major reason that the tax code IS NOT simplfied. If it was then there many tax giveaways would simply be gone. How the amount of money that is given away to corporate entities is NOT a scandal is itself a scandal, and it's partially pulled off because the tax laws are so hard to understand without a team of lawyers.

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