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Comment: Re:the state speaks (Score 1) 265

by fche (#48934213) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

It's not "always wrong, no matter what". It merely lacks incentives and feedbacks to produce what the people actually value. It has power without responsibility. It can be wrong, and suffers nothing. (Was the FCC wrong to make the "standard" 3/1M so long? How has it suffered for that? A business wrong for too long would die.)

Comment: the state speaks (Score 0) 265

by fche (#48933145) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

"When 80 percent of Americans can access 25-3, that's a standard. We have a problem that 20 percent can't. We have a responsibility to that 20 percent,"

So the FCC gets to change its own standards, then impose its jurisdiction on the new stragglers. Typical regulator. No skin in the game, but always knows what's good for everyone else.

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 417

by fche (#48824183) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

If you want to produce your own goods, purchase or grow your own raw materials, mix in your labour, and go for it. No one will shoot you.

(If you're limiting your concern to the bootstrapping question of how someone who has nothing can get something ... well, such people can do unskilled labour or rely on charity, -then- purchase those raw materials. This isn't rocket science, and it describes a vanishingly small fraction of the population.)

Comment: Re:About time (Score 1) 417

by fche (#48818575) Attached to: Obama Unveils Plan To Bring About Faster Internet In the US

"and either everyone works for you or starves or you will kill them ..."

You must feel very cautious every time you frequent a grocery store, taxi, computer company, landlord, bank, airport, even the guy who sells you underwear, if you think they're secretly planning to kill you if you don't purchase their goods.

You might have mail.

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