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35. Re: Refunds for Some Korean Diablo III Owners Jun 21, 2012, 21:05 Eirikrautha
Wowbagger_TIP wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 20:16:
Eirikrautha wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 17:27:
Flatline wrote on Jun 21, 2012, 14:22:
If we decided that internet was a national resource and that every single person in the country needed to have state of the art internet, we *could* do it in a generation, easily. It'd just take a lot of effort and a lot of money.

Rock on. I'll count on you to pony up the money necessary, then. Oh, wait... you meant someone else's money!

Every dime to create infrastructure comes out of someone's pocket, either through taxes or charges. You can tax some people to pay for someone else's infrastructure (the reason that this country is so messed up: the don't and won't dos are subsidized by the already have dones) or you can raise the prices to pay for the individual services that people receive.
So, you're saying you're against infrastructure spending? So you wouldn't have been in favor of things like the interstate system or railroads, or electric and water service?

You're making the same mistake he was. It doesn't matter what I want. If I want something the community doesn't want, then I need to pay for it myself. The US population does not value fast internet to the point that they are willing to fund it. This is shown by the fact that even the attempts by major telecos (like Verizon) to increase FIOS services have been suspended. The public at large doesn't want the service at the price. They would rather spend their LUXURY dollars elsewhere.

Oh, and ironically enough, most of the things you listed are not infrastructure for the public's convenience. Both the interstate system and most railroads were originally designed to support military movements (check the original interstate proposals by Eisenhower or the original rationale for many of the railways). The civilian benefits were a by-product of a military objective (kind of like ... oh... DARPANET...). The rest were accomplished by PRIVATE dollars (at least until FDR and the TVA)... because people wanted to pay for it.

Just because we love online gaming does not mean that everyone wants a high-speed connection. Especially when the primary source of "public" infrastructure funding today comes from forced remittances of money (i.e. taxes).
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