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Comment: Turn tose numbers around... (Score 1) 353

by kenh (#48937391) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

Currently, 6.3 percent of US households don't have access to broadband under the previous 4Mpbs/1Mbps threshold, while another 13.1 percent don't have access to broadband under the new 25Mbps downstream threshold.

6.3 + 13.1 = 19.4%

That means just over 80% of Ameticans DO have access to High-speed broadband internet service.

Reminds me of the 85% of Americans that were pleased with their healthcare coverage, before Democrats convinced us we needed to light our hair on fire and turn the healthcare industry on it's ear to address the 15% without healthcare coverage..

Comment: Now that we've redefined broadband... (Score 1) 353

by kenh (#48937373) Attached to: FCC Officially Approves Change In the Definition of Broadband

How long before the Democrats start running around telling us how horrible it is that do few Americans have access to broadband internet access, and then they will roll out a solution, based on increasing taxes on the rich to fund a massive infrastructure investment that just so happens to include almost exclusively Democrat contributors.

We saw this with the 2008 race to invest in green energy, remember Solyndra?

Comment: Re: Money *needs* to be removed from Politics ... (Score 1) 179

by kenh (#48922723) Attached to: Comcast Ghost-Writes Politician's Letters To Support Time Warner Mega-Merger

Well if the Conservatives 'got in'(was there a miscount?), it can only mean the rules didn't work too well.

Wow. So the point of the initial election reforms in Canada was to block out the Conservatives, and having failed in their attempt to silence their opponents, the new Minority party (liberals? I don't follow Canadian politics.) is upset that they now find themselves being suppressed.

There are a couple ways to respond:

"You started it"

"Turnaround is fair play"

"What's good for the goose is good for the gander"

"Serves you right"

Comment: Lazy politicians... (Score 2) 179

Why is Comcast cast as the villan? This is SOP for any major letter writing campaign I've ever heard of - outside group offers supporters 'sample' letters to send to those making the decision, supporters simply copy-and-paste the 'sample' letter, and everyone pretends it means something.

The anger should directed at the compliant and lazy politicians that never learned how to copy someone else's work and avoid detection.

Comment: Re:Making a profit off publicly-funded infrastruct (Score 1) 213

by kenh (#48900425) Attached to: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

Because it "stifles innovation" - you certainly can't expect start-ups to play by the same rules as the companies they are competing with, can you?

Reminds me of one version of the "pro net neutrality" argument - if you allow existing companies (with their massive resources) to pay for improved bandwidth to customers, then how will the under-funded start-up ever compete? You must tie the hands of the entrenched companies to give their competitors a chance...

Comment: What's the big deal? (Score 2) 213

by kenh (#48900399) Attached to: Calif. DMV Back-Pedals On Commercial-Plate Mandate For Ride-Share Drivers

It's not like they are running a business out of their car... Oh wait.

We have restrictions on running businesses out of the house, there should be similar restrictions for running a business in your auto.

The real issue will be when a "personal use" driver damages his car (and potentially a paying passenger) when involved in a traffic accident AND the driver's private insurance refuses to cover the damage and any ensuing lawsuits.

Comment: Re: Nostalgic for Windows 7? (Score 1) 640

by kenh (#48807329) Attached to: Microsoft Ends Mainstream Support For Windows 7

Good luck with pushing [Windows] 8 to the corporate world... it's about as adoptable as an angry badger with syphilis.

Why would a corporate customer choose to install Windows 8 when Windows 10 is just around the corner? MS will still be pumping out FREE security updates for Windows 7 for 4-5 more years, certainly long enough to wait for Windows 10 SP 1...

Money is its own reward.