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Comment: Re:indeed (Score 1) 134 134

I'm fairly pro-market ... The internet these days is basically a utility

This is the problem in a nutshell. Internet service is not provided by a free market. Government has create internet service provider utilities via cable and phone company competition restrictions. Only when we get real choice will the situation improve.

Comment: Statistics and other lies (Score 1) 538 538

2/3 of people without broadband is meaningless. This is not the same population set as the people without access, because it includes all the people with access who choose not to get broadband.

The better question is, what percentage of people without broadband access want it?

Comment: Re:Good (Score 1) 241 241

Who is to say each request is for a different person? Perhaps the people the police are after are using multiple online identities.

It also wouldn't be surprising if the same identity requests were repeated.

A third possibility is a request for the identity of possible victims.

Finally, evidence collected is not always enough for an arrest, much less a conviction. This doesn't mean an investigation isn't warranted.

Not to say the information shouldn't come with a cost, but the hit miss ratio may not be nearly as bad as you think.

What is now proved was once only imagin'd. -- William Blake