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Free WiFi For the Masses? Not So Fast | Mercatus

Free WiFi For the Masses? Not So Fast | Mercatus | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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This points out the truth that neither Wi-Fi nor the Internet is free. consumers as customers and or tax payers pay for it to be there and thrive. The fight to keep the Internet open access "net nuetrality" does not assume that it should be free either just open to all to select through the consumer's click what site each supports. It just fights to keep it open access to users who pay for it to be just that open for each person to access. Neither non-profit and for-profit models are free. We should look very broadly at this issue. Most those making the arguments this article makes turn out to be written by pro-industry, for-profit models in their opinion and are very anti-public, anti-non-profit ownership.

 

Both models have a place but for-profits models of ownership, by the very fact they are a "for- profit" models often result in nearly monopoly type ownership as they seek and too often are allowed to buy out competition. The FCC’s caution in not allowing more than 30% of our spectrums to go up for the usual power grab at auction to the highest bidder to be owned by those who mainly have money to buy everything for themselves and their personal profit and interest is wise. Public held spectrums like local municipal Wi-Fi or even running their own infrastructure should certainly be allowed if those citizens so choose. There should be nothing to prevent them from connecting town to town either if they so as citizens decide to expand and join together in their own interest as well. The goal in saving offering much of the white space and lower spectrums to local area non-profit groups is a great goal to encourage more nation wide expressions from citizens across the nation. These opportunities just need to be published more before these types of article convince folks to give up to the for-profit interest before they even new what they had. Sort of like the guy who offers to buy the land you own for a great price because he knows it has billions of barrels of oil and you didn't.

  

The "auctioned" licenses are issued to those who want to come through the local airwaves and be ALLOWED into those areas to provide service for profit. The people in each community should be allowed to choose to go non-profit or have alternatives if they choose and feel they can have local public ownership offerings that serve them as well or better. These would be "owned" as well, just jointly owned by those that are being served. This is also a free market model. Whoever dreamed up the idea that public ownership is not free market forgets that corporations are also joint ownership... most are just the for-profit model. Since when did growing your own garden or owning your own communication system, school and church with your neighbors become socialism and anti-free market? Some areas are best non-profit because they are important to a community and mankind for other values we treasure that may not bring us money riches and are the very reason we go to work.... like paying for homes, have time to enjoy our home, family, friends, nature, dancing, singing and just being alive, spending time and money to learn things we must and also things that enrich our lives, to provide children activities, raising them and spending time and money to be part of that, to care for the elderly and make their life as rich as possible. These are all situations we all share if we live a full life. Don't ever forget "We work to live" even when the push for a few for-profits to own everything is failing to tell us honestly "They want us to live only to work for them and then die fast if we aren't their mamma!"

 

Why should local communities be forced to offer a few major for-profits something they can or choose to do for themselves? That is like a farmer who owns land having to go to auction to buy the right to use his own land. Why should communities be forced to open local air for free or to buy at auction what is already their local spectrums of airwaves? Google is for profit and not a local co-op style format so I don’t know why they would not have to go to action if they plan on becoming a service provider or directly own spectrums.  If service providers want to charge the more to Google because they use more than they already do or for customers to access these services Google and those others mentioned here it does make sense for Google to compete at auction if they plan to end that abuse by ISPs by running their own infrastructure and directly compete as a service provider alternative to the few that survive now. Content providers do pay more for access to more and costumers are already paying to access what they choose. NO one should have to run other infrastructure to dodge ISP, for-profits if they serve us as content providers and costumers are already paying them to do and they do it affordably and WELL.

 

The more expensive for profit model is used because it offers something you can't make on your own, don't care to do or they do better. Like when you don't care or cannot plant your own garden and then you hire someone else to do it. The whole idea of the public model is to co-op ownership by those served or often underserved because the for-profits see these communities as not profitable so they fail to serve many people well. I personally bought cell service to have service in a place where I work and reaching a phone is difficult. The fact is I have good service only when I'm not at work because it has not been seen as a profitable area to provide good service to yet.... They charge as though I have full service and then it's my problem if they don't really have that. "I'm" not in the "right" location. Frankly I would love to try to do connections mostly non-profit because the only time I do get great service is along a main road or in a fairly good size city. I have AT&T, not some small startup and that is what they deliver and many others do no better by much. My point about the big fish eating the other fish is that I never signed up for AT&T, my original cell company that worked fine was eaten at least three times by others and now AT&T. There are already very few for-profit options in the big communication service provider sea now because the big fish already allowed in the 30% of the spectrum sea already ate up the smaller ones just because they had their price or where starved out. This did not improve service much because why should they worry if the competition is gone. They idea that they might have competition instead of ownership emerge for that other 70% of the spectrum scares these companies into action to win us over to let them have most of it. Stand firm FCC!

 

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House Approves Controversial Cybersecurity Bill - U.S. News & World Report

House Approves Controversial Cybersecurity Bill - U.S. News & World Report | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A cybersecurity bill with White House support may weaken both network security and privacy.
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Wow! Don't let this get through the Senate! Tell the White House they are wrong on this too!

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Rebooting democracy: The tech that could transform turnout in the elections of ... - The Drum

Rebooting democracy: The tech that could transform turnout in the elections of ... - The Drum | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
There is no idea that carries as much weight, as much positive connotation and hope, as the idea of democracy. There’s an argument...
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What technology does NASA plan to bring to their astronauts?

What technology does NASA plan to bring to their astronauts? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

When you hear about NASA if you don’t work there you always get that feeling of unknown and that you want to discover more about it. Of course, we all know the public information that is always displayed

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Acer Aspire V15 Nitro

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Acer's name is commonly associated with powerful laptops. The company has managed to impose in the segment of portable computers that are cheap and have decent technical specifications. Well, the new
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GAO: Newer aircraft vulnerable to hacking - CNN

GAO: Newer aircraft vulnerable to hacking - CNN | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Hundreds of planes flying commercially today could be vulnerable to having their onboard computers hacked and remotely taken over by someone using the plane's passenger Wi-Fi network, or even by someone on the ground, according to a new report from...
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Rags to riches to rags: The rise and fall of Internet Explorer - Digital Trends

Rags to riches to rags: The rise and fall of Internet Explorer - Digital Trends | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Earlier this year, Microsoft announced that Internet Explorer was to be phased out in favor of Project Spartan. Here's a look back at what made IE infamous.
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Advancing cyber bills spark fresh NSA worries - The Hill

Advancing cyber bills spark fresh NSA worries - The Hill | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
A bipartisan plan to merge elements of competing legislation has privacy advocates worried.
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Over 5 million applications for the Android system are vulnerable to hacker attacks!

Over 5 million applications for the Android system are vulnerable to hacker attacks! | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Over 5 million downloaded apps for the Android system users are vulnerable to hacker attacks that exploit the vulnerabilities of Google’s operating system, say the experts in cyber security. About 96%
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Elon Musk from SpaceX wants to bring the Internet in space!

Elon Musk from SpaceX wants to bring the Internet in space! | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The director of SpaceX is developing a network of satellites above the Earth that could speed up web surfing and could provide access to isolated communities. And the most interesting thing about this
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What changes will the social network Facebook have in the next period?

What changes will the social network Facebook have in the next period? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
The online social network Facebook give the public more information about the type of things that are prohibited on the platform. The new rules contain a separate section on “dangerous organizations”
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Here is an update on the new rules.

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Carbon3d demonstrated a new 3D-Printer: One more step towards the future

Carbon3d demonstrated a new 3D-Printer: One more step towards the future | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Today every minute that goes by always brings something new. It doesn’t matter what domain we are talking about, we must accept that changes are happening faster. If we look at an example of technology

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iOS 8.3 brings major changes to the iPhone

iOS 8.3 brings major changes to the iPhone | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
On Wednesday, Apple released iOS 8.3, an update that brings a slew of new changes with the iPhone experience.
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11 ways to maximize engagement on your tweets

11 ways to maximize engagement on your tweets | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
This post originally appeared on the Buffer blog. For gaining more engagement, clicks, retweets, and replies, Twitter images work.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Handwr...

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Use Handwriting in Google Documents on Jewish Education Around the World curated by reuvenwerber
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What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow’s Children?

What Can Technology Do for Tomorrow's Children? - Bright - Medium
Innovation in education goes well beyond gadgets and apps. Here’s my vision for the classroom of the future.
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The new and amazing Voyo Mini Pc

The new and amazing Voyo Mini Pc | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Disguised in a 4K media player, Voyo Mini PC is actually a fully functional PC with Windows 8.1 system, suitable for web browsing, checking email accounts, social networking updates from the office an
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Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol - TechCrunch

Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol - TechCrunch | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you've used Google's QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about..
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The Innovative OS That'll Bring PCs to the Developing World - Wired

The Innovative OS That'll Bring PCs to the Developing World - Wired | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
With all the talk of the developing world leapfrogging into the mobile era, Endless wants to help bridge the global digital divide with a new kind of PC.
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TED Talks

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The lecture series has become one of the Internet's most powerful platforms -- spreading ideas through the stories of remarkable people
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Innovation Excellence | 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning

Innovation Excellence | 10 Most Powerful Uses of Technology for Learning | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Regardless of whether you think every infant needs an iPad, I think we can all agree that technology has changed education for the better.
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Samsung Smart Televisions: In Line With The Future | 3D Smart LED TV

Samsung Smart Televisions: In Line With The Future | 3D Smart LED TV | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
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Social Robot Pets – your new best friend

Social Robot Pets – your new best friend | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it

Do you like cats or dogs?  Would you love to have one as a pet? What if you do not have the time to care for him? Or maybe you are afraid that it will not listen to you and you will need to run with

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Find out what did the scientists from NASA discovered on Mars?

Find out what did the scientists from NASA discovered on Mars? | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Scientists have used one of the instruments from the on board Mars rover Curiosity and it seems that nitrogen has been detected for the first time at the surface of Mars as nitrate (NO3). This element
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3d Printer – The technology that will bring the second Industrial Revolution

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What is 3D printing? Well, it is a process used for decades in the industry, which is also called the “rapid prototyping”. This technology has emerged in the 80s and was originally used by companies

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3-D printing technology opens new opportunities for defense contractor SAIC - Charleston Post Courier

3-D printing technology opens new opportunities for defense contractor SAIC - Charleston Post Courier | Technological Sparks | Scoop.it
Science Applications International Corp. in North Charleston is among the nation’s first companies to use 3-D printing technology to help the U.S.
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