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Windows 7: FCC proposing monthly broadband subsidies for low-income households

08 Mar 2016   #1
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 
FCC proposing monthly broadband subsidies for low-income households

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The FCC has fine-tuned its plan to offer broadband to the poor.

The Federal Communications Commission will submit a proposal to approve a new broadband subsidy for low-income households across the country, a first in what the organization says is a program to narrow what it believes is a technological divide.

The New York Times reports the subsidy proposed will be $9.25 a month for low-income households and has a good chance of passing among the FCC commissioners who hold a democratic majority.

The new plan, which will be put to a vote on March 31, is part of the $2 billion "Lifeline" phone subsidy program that subsidizes mobile phones for the poor...


Read more: FCC proposing monthly broadband subsidies for low-income households | ZDNet


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08 Mar 2016   #2
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

They really know how to waste the taxpayers money.
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08 Mar 2016   #3
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
They really know how to waste the taxpayers money.
It's more than a waste; it will contribute more to the welfare state. Why work harder, getting an education along the way if necessary, to pay for what you want if the government is going to hand it to you on a platter? What the FCC should do is require the ISPs to beef up their infrastructure and quit gouging people for the substandard service they provide.
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08 Mar 2016   #4
Brink

64-bit Windows 10 Pro
 
 

On the flip side, it could be the step your fellow low income man may need to help themselves out of poverty.

If it can help, then it'll be worth it. Think about the resources the Internet can bring.
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08 Mar 2016   #5
Golden
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Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
On the flip side, it could be the step your fellow low income man may need to help themselves out of poverty.

If it can help, then it'll be worth it. Think about the resources the Internet can bring.
Well said!
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08 Mar 2016   #6
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Then again, there are even more of those who will never rise above poverty because they don't need to as long they can have everything handed to them. What people need are a hand up, not handouts. If they need the internet for job searches, etc., they can go to the library or use facilities at employment offices. All this FCC proposal amounts to is just another handout removing even more incentive to go out and better themselves.

It's like the old saying: Give a man a fish, he will be fed for one day. Teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for life.
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08 Mar 2016   #7
lehnerus2000

W7 Ultimate SP1, LM18.2 MATE, W10 Home, #All 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
It's like the old saying: Give a man a fish, he will be fed for one day. Teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for life.
Unless the Government has sold exclusive rights to the fishing areas to the Corporations, or declared the zones to be national parks.
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08 Mar 2016   #8
groze

W7 32 bit, Linux Mint Xfce 18 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Then again, there are even more of those who will never rise above poverty because they don't need to as long they can have everything handed to them. What people need are a hand up, not handouts. If they need the internet for job searches, etc., they can go to the library or use facilities at employment offices. All this FCC proposal amounts to is just another handout removing even more incentive to go out and better themselves.

It's like the old saying: Give a man a fish, he will be fed for one day. Teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for life.
That really the wrong way to go about it. My senior mother went through a government training program and never got hired anywhere. Teaching a person to fish doesn't also work if no fish will bite. Remember, there are disabled people that can't work. When you get old, most people get health problems.

I discovered with my own purchases, the food itself is not the culprit. It is actually the cost of products like toilet paper, paper towels, spoons, etc.. It the supplies that cost a lot. We need to reduce the cost of Groceries and supplies that would help tremendously. Government doesn't help with supplies in the U.S.
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08 Mar 2016   #9
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Brink View Post
On the flip side, it could be the step your fellow low income man may need to help themselves out of poverty.

If it can help, then it'll be worth it. Think about the resources the Internet can bring.
It's a good thought. I doubt though that it pans out that way. Those people from the taker division don't want to make any own effort. And why should they.
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08 Mar 2016   #10
Lady Fitzgerald

Win 7 Ultimate 64 bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by lehnerus2000 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
It's like the old saying: Give a man a fish, he will be fed for one day. Teach a man to fish, he will feed himself for life.
Unless the Government has sold exclusive rights to the fishing areas to the Corporations, or declared the zones to be national parks.
The example was allegorical.
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