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Comment Re:Can you get cellular data under $20/yr? (Score 1) 303

I don't know.

I was the the Nordic University Computer Club Conference of 2002 where this guy from Swedish University NETworks talked about 10 mbps for everyone by fiber which was something he thought should be done. He estimated the cost to cover about the same amount of people as those covered by the electricity grid = "everyone" except if you do some very unique stuff would cost 50 billion SEK. Today that would be a bit above 5 billion dollar or on a population of 10 million bit below $500 / person. He meant the cost could be distributed over 20 years / the life-time of the fiber which pushes it down to $25 / year + interest (the interest rate on the national debt of Sweden today is about 0.3%.)

$25 / year is $2 / month. That's a cheap cost for getting everyone fiber connectivity.

As it work like in this municipality is that they have their own fibernetwork called "Stadsnät" which Kumla & Örebro runs together, if I wanted to be connected to that with my apartment it would cost 75 SEK / month or $8. What then happen is that you have like 10 service providers for that fiber network which offer different speeds and possibly other services such as telephone or TV too. Total cost including the fiber connectivity would be bit above $35 for 100 mbps.

Market-forces discussed Internet over the electricity grid and people in cities got mostly connectivity through cable-TV-networks and those in more rural areas got through DSL so fiber to everyone never happened and Telia is still running copper cables for telephones and the terrestrial TV network was upgraded for digital TV and a few more antennas was built and Sweden still haven't started with DAB.

In Sweden you can do quite a bit of communication with authorities over the Internet but for instance you can't vote yet. If they had built fiber to everyone for the cost of a bit above $2 / person and month they could had scrapped the telephone network, the TV antennas, and maybe FM and DAB too / let that be solved over cellular.

Cellular Internet connectivity seem to be capped at about 50 GB / month or so so it may not be great for a radio you're running the whole time.

Comment Re:'Developed a Clear Preference' For Trump (Score 1, Offtopic) 732

Given a chance I'd vote for Trump, Putin or Hitler over the current government and prime-minister of Sweden.

Compare them to Angela Merkel and then don't come dragging with that BS about equal amount of women as men on all positions and so on. It's terrible. Or well. At-least until women has learned what responsibility and power they have gotten.

Comment Re:Can you get cellular data under $20/yr? (Score 1) 303

How many Norwegians doesn't have cellular Internet connectivity already anyway?
$30 million for the FM network they say, I don't know what the digital cost but over 10 years that's $300 million for that or $60 / Norwegian. Then you do the same for TV broadcasts. Then you do the same for copper telephone cables. And then you add in the advantage of knowing you can trust that providing IP services is enough and that everyone can use them.

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