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Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
kudos:39
reply to FFH

Re: And how do you create that competition?

Reduce the amount of International bases from 850 to 475, stop pouring money into nation building, use the several trillion dollar windfall to build a national fiber backbone, then employ a wholesale model over that and ultimately migrate the government out of the role of wholesale operator and shift wholesale operations to a private operator?

Or maybe MAGIC BEANS?



FFH
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join:2002-03-03
Tavistock NJ
kudos:5

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said by Karl Bode:

Reduce the amount of International bases from 850 to 475, stop pouring money into nation building,
said by FFH:

{stop there because I agree with that}
use the several trillion dollar windfall to build a national fiber backbone, then employ a wholesale model over that and ultimately migrate the government out of the role of wholesale operator and shift wholesale operations to a private operator?
said by FFH:

{and instead return some of the money to the taxpayers in lower taxes; and use the rest to reduce the deficit. The improved economy can then create more investment to start paying for repairing the nations infrastructure - including telco fiber}


Karl Bode
News Guy
join:2000-03-02
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Creating a better economy through a lower deficit and trickle-down Reagonomics, and then just hoping the nation's networks achieve utopia organically doesn't strike me as very concrete....



jmn1207
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join:2000-07-19
Ashburn, VA
kudos:1
reply to Karl Bode

said by Karl Bode:

Reduce the amount of International bases from 850 to 475, stop pouring money into nation building, use the several trillion dollar windfall to build a national fiber backbone, then employ a wholesale model over that and ultimately migrate the government out of the role of wholesale operator and shift wholesale operations to a private operator?
That might only be a temporary solution. When we no longer have the ability to control and police the vast amounts of resources our nation uses, and we lose our position as a threat to those looking to take these resources for themselves, those trillions of dollars will drop off significantly. It's not that we are really all that powerful, as has been shown on several occasions, it's merely the projection of our perceived power that allows us to dominate many of the international markets and generate such a disproportionate amount of the world's income. We don't manufacturer anything nowadays, and our military might has become increasingly more important to our economic stability. Our dominance has already waned a great deal, and in the end we will most likely be fighting for our survival on someone else's terms if we drop our guard too much. Brush up on your Mandarin.

I do agree that we have reached the point where we really need to seriously consider providing high speed communications services throughout the nation. Currently, the best option for any infrastructure that could endure the test of time would be a fiber network. We are nowhere near the point where we should be trying to make all rural points across the country have the same level of service as in the middle of a thriving metropolis, but these folks should not be expected to pay taxes and be completely shut out of the loop. There could be other means to compensate rural areas, such as with tax cuts and discounted wireless options, as an example. Perhaps a national Internet tax model based on population density would be appropriate?


fifty nine

join:2002-09-25
Sussex, NJ
kudos:2
reply to Karl Bode

said by Karl Bode:

Reduce the amount of International bases from 850 to 475, stop pouring money into nation building, use the several trillion dollar windfall to build a national fiber backbone, then employ a wholesale model over that and ultimately migrate the government out of the role of wholesale operator and shift wholesale operations to a private operator?

Or maybe MAGIC BEANS?
We can't even do socialized medicine and you want socialized broadband?

Stumbles

join:2002-12-17
Port Saint Lucie, FL

I'd opt for the magic beans. At least then my farts would smell as bad as our government and the FCC performs.



joebarnhart
Paxio evangelist

join:2005-12-15
Santa Clara, CA

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reply to Karl Bode

said by Karl Bode:

Creating a better economy through a lower deficit and trickle-down Reagonomics...
Actually that would be a pretty good start. One enormous problem we have as a country is that we have no capital to lend small innovative businesses to create fiber networks. Companies have to grow on a pay-as-you-grow "self funded" model which slows down fiber rollouts.

Why do we lack capital formation? Two reasons are tax policy and competition for lending with the government to finance the debt. It really would help all Americans if the government would just live within its means and cease micromanaging everybody in the country.