Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Atlas Shrugged Moment

The most recent FCC report on the nation’s broadband network echoed of Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged. I refute that 65% of Americans having high speed internet access is “a detriment to economic growth.” I’d like to see some data on what levels other countries are currently at.

FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski states that "Broadband is critical 21st century infrastructure, to which every American household and small business must have access to maximize our nation's economic growth, catalyze investment, spur job creation, and ensure our global competitiveness." [source]

Excuse me? Isn’t it the other way around? Small business and economic growth will create jobs and the demand that will encourage investment and make expansion of broadband networks a fiscally sound business decision for the providers, not the other way around.


Since the FCC is so worried about our global competitiveness (didn’t think it was the FCC’s lane, but OK), let me check that international data I mentioned earlier… *quick Google search*, wow, yes, according to the graph, we are clearly at a disadvantage internationally… [source]











Make no mistake, this latest FCC report and others like it brought on by the telecommunications act of 1996 will only squeeze the profit margins of telecommunications providers and use your tax dollars to pay for internet access of those who cannot afford it.

Who else is tired of this culture of entitlement?

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