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Cod

join:2000-07-05
Kernersville, NC

Luxury

In this day, 2006, I see broadband being a luxury. I'd love to see it as a 'right', but the bottom line is that right now, broadband is still a luxury. I don't see half of the US population who don't have broadband either because of choice, financials, or availibity not being ab le to function in everyday life because they don't have broadband. Maybe in ten years when certain things become a necessity like online voting, strictly online banking, etc become the norm, then maybe it will become a right. But even then, most of that stuff can still be performed by dialup.

I know I will get flamed for my thoughts, and I am certainly pro-broadband FOR EVERYONE, but I just don't see it as anything more than a luxury right now for most Americans.

Ender_W
Does Microsoft Mean Small And Squishy?

join:2002-09-14
Saint Louis, MO
Actually, I completely agree with you. Its still a luxury. Necessity and utilities are something that you cant live with out. Internet is not one of those yet. It may be in the future but even then its hard to imagine everyone having computers like everyone has electricity or water services.
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N3OGH
Yo Soy Col. "Bat" Guano
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I second that, and agree with Cod. Broadband is a luxury, all be it, a very useful one.

I see someone above stated that broadband is a utility because a lot of people don't have a telephone, and a telephone is a utility.

I think that's specious reasoning. The telephone has become the defacto medium to summons emergency services, and has been for the past 50 years.

Not too many people are logging on to call the police when a burglar is trying to break into their house, or their house is on fire.


Boogeyman
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Seward, AK
While your points are very valid, I would still have to say its a utility. there are many people who need internet access, especially broadband, to conduct thier lives. I do all my banking online because I dont get off work untill the banks are closed, the store I work for recently told us that they wont give us pay stubs anymore, we have to go online and see them, etc. I know I COULD still do those things on dial up, but, that would tie up the phone line, and the cost of two lines and a dial up ISP is about the same as one broadband account. Also, since we dont have call waiting, (its like an extra $10 package for call waiting/caller ID and stuff), when I did have dial up, I couldnt stay one long enough to do anything useful because I didnt want to miss a phone call.

I see points on both sides, but for me, and many others I'm sure, it would seriously hamper our ability to conduct our dialy lives without it.
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fiberguy
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reply to Cod
said by Cod:

Maybe in ten years when certain things become a necessity like online voting, strictly online banking, etc become the norm, then maybe it will become a right. But even then, most of that stuff can still be performed by dialup.
I am not going to flame you on your opinion, however, all those things that you just mentioned can be handled in other ways. Also, you can go to the public library and use the computers there.

Additionally, I'd rather see healtcare a "right" before broadband internet. If business wants to move the public to the internet, then business should be penalized by levees or taxes to help advance broadband deployment.

I dunno, my 75 year old grandmother, on a fixed income has to pay $10 more to purchase an airline ticket by telephone simply because she doesn't have a computer, understand them, or in general can't afford internet broadband at%55.00 a month.

I think priorities are not in line yet.

Ender_W
Does Microsoft Mean Small And Squishy?

join:2002-09-14
Saint Louis, MO
reply to Boogeyman
Try looking at it from this angle. All of those things you do online just offer a higher level of convienence. Banks can be visited ( im with you on the never open part. I work nights as well) and bills can be mailed. While broadband and the internet as a whole has made your life easier, you wouldn't be left cold or in the dark without it. Im not saying your wrong at all, Im just playing Devil's Advocate.
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