3 thoughts on “Internet, for the urban rich only?

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    Re: Loss of Internet Access
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:55 pm (PST) . Posted by:
    “Scott Bidstrup” comms_engr

    On 14/02/2013 12:44 a.m., leftwing@yahoogroups.com wrote:

    > The main data is that no computers now being sold have a telephone
    > jack so that they can be used with dial-up.

    You can still buy modems that plug into your motherboard. They’re not
    widely available, but they can still be found if you look. They’re
    still being used by some businesses for private networks that are not
    connected to the Internet for security reasons.

    > It is possible
    > that there are plans afoot for telephone companies to end land line
    > service, although I don’t know for sure about that.

    That is not true. There are still enough wireline phones out there, and
    enough DSL Internet being carried on them, that they won’t be
    discontinued anytime soon.

    > Then, of course, once dial-up and perhaps landlines are gone, it will
    > be easier for Internet providers to raise their prices.

    That’s more paranoia than reality. As long as telephone providers can
    offer DSL service along with the telephone, it will be profitable and
    they’ll continue the service.

    If you have a wireline telephone, you should contact your provider (and
    all others in your area) to find out what price they charge for
    entry-level DSL service.

    I live in Costa Rica, and our national telephone company offers 512kbs
    DSL service, always on, for $15 per month, available anywhere a wireline
    telephone is available. I would be surprised if you can’t get a
    comparable deal from your wireline phone provider there.

    Scott B.

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    3b
    Re: Loss of Internet Access
    Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:26 pm (PST) . Posted by:
    “jfnewell7″ jfnewell7
    Scott,

    I very much admire Costa Rica so think you are lucky to be living there. It would stand to reason that you wouldn’t know some of the new things happening in in the United States.

    An activist leader on another message board, who works on access to the Internet, confirmed that they are losing the fight to retain dial-up service, and that there corporations are trying to end land lines entirely, but activists in that area, while they haven’t won, haven’t quite lost to the corporations either.

    Manipulating more money out of customers is a standard business strategy now, so it is reasonable to think that companies are trying to go to wireless entirely. If even half of their landline customers switch over to wireless at three times the price, the companies will still make more money than if all of them remained on their landlines.

    How the corporations are behaving in the United States is important for the entire world, because corporations are gaining so much control over other nations as well. In fact, some recent statistics in STATISTICAL ABSTRACT OF THE UNITED STATES, show that the gross sales of the large American corporations are a bit more than 30 trillion dollars per year. The American gross domestic product is only about 15 trillion dollars per year, so you can see very roughly how much of the economy of the rest of the world the corporations already control. The entire gross world product is only a little more than 60 trillion dollars per year.

    Notice that with a cash flow of 30 trillion dollars per year, the corporations can bribe as many government officials as they need to to gain their corporate ends.

    To the corporations problem is a problem for all of us in all the nations of the world.

    Jim

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