So we can sum up this whole thread by giving Murdoch this suggestion:
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438 day is nothing if NASA uses a VASIMIR rocket, previous stories on Slashdot have said they could get there in a 39 days.
This tells us nothing more than we knew before. Stop using WPA/TKIP and switch to WPA2/AES
Forgot to mention, that the money taken from the broadband fund would always have strict Net Neutrality rules attached it it. ISP's could get rid of the rules by paying back the money, with interest, into the fund. Thus the fund it's self would be perpetual.
The problem with Net Neutrality is the last mile. Thus instead of adding more regulation in the form of Net Neutrality, the government needs to address the issue of government granted monopolies on the last mile. Once that is addressed, Net Neutrality issues will fade away. But Net Neutrality can be used as a stick to get more competition in the last mile.
What needs to happen is the Federal government needs to tally up how much tax payer money has gone to the telecoms, add interest, and then tell the telecoms that they need to pay back X billion dollars, once they have done that, they will own outright their own network. The money paid back to the government goes into a fund available to other ISP's that want to lay their own fiber.
Local municipalities would build, if they haven't already, a pipe in the right of ways in front of every house, going to every house. This pipe is what competing ISP’s would use to lay cable in, instead of having to dig separate trenches themselves. The local government would charge a minimal maintenance fee to any ISP who wants to lay cable in the pipe. The telecoms would also pay the same fee, even if they are not using the pipe, which would be for access to the right of way in front of, and through people’s property. This way the construction and maintenance of the pipe is guaranteed without any higher taxes.
A monopoly can not exist with out the government getting involved. "IP" or Copyrights, Patents, Trademarks, etc are a form of a (supposed) limited grant of monopoly power over a particular idea. If we equate less government with getting rid of "IP", then there would be no monopolies because Corporations wouldn't have the Government around to act as their police.
iirc, Rogers in Canada uses the same spectrum allocation as at&t here in the US. Thus you could get a G1/G2 unlocked from Canada and use it on at&t's network.
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