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Comment Broadband Solution (Score 3, Insightful) 387

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.

Comment Re:Libertarians assume government the only evil (Score 1) 944

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.

Comment Chrome FTW! (Score 1) 1124

More of a reason to switch to Chrome, or if you are privacy sensitive, SRWare Iron. Running the dev channel means I can get extensions, which allows for the opportunity for ad block.

Firefox is just to damned slow. Maybe if they speed the whole damn browser up I'll look at it, sense Firefox's extensions are still better, but by the time Firefox 4 comes out, Google should have extensions very working well.

Comment Re:Eyecandy in cost of usability (Score 1) 1124

Yes, Microsoft has patented the ribbon interface, and you need a license to use it. Microsoft will not allow "clone products" to be licensed, which means sense Firefox is a "clone product" to IE (in Microsoft's eyes) then Microsoft will not give Mozilla a license.

http://msdn.microsoft.com/en-us/office/aa973809.aspx

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