The President wants
everyone on the net.... That's a commendable want.
Let's look at
reality. We have unscrupulous ISPs
who are capable of everything from false advertising to
gouging at every opportunity. I see it locally.. ISPs
who offer free access, unlimited access and of course, the greatest hustle of all; free
Clinton had better
take a good look at the BIG picture before he tries to get
the program in gear. The ISPs, from the smallest to
the biggest, must be brought into step. How would you
like to pay $2000.00 per month for a single connection to
the net? That's roughly the cost of a T1 connection
Then we have the Cable
Geeks with their "Surfboards" and sales
pitches.... its a simple networking interface or terminal
adapter. Yet the Cable companies are decreeing a
homeowner may have only ONE computer connected blah
Can you imagine an
average American Household with a cable modem, DSL etc.....
Dad is doing things remotely with his business, his son
needs to do some research for his homework, mom is busy
finishing the genealogy study of the family on his side, his
daughter is very upset waiting to use her email....
etc.. Yet the cable company wants to charge dear old
Dad for each computer connection in his own home! The
GOUGE is on.
Then comes the
telephone company making excuses as to why they cannot
provide reliable high speed connections 56k, DSL, ADSL, T1
etc. in your neighborhood. Its always the other guy's
neighborhood that has the ok lines for the high speed
stuff..... but they're working on it and it'll be RSN (Real
Soon Now) in your area. You'd probably get "carrier
pigeon" service faster!
All sound too
familiar? Well Mr. President... you want what done by
when? Commendable all very commendable. But, in real
time, its almost impossible unless, of course, the
government takes it all over! We really don't want that to
happen as it will kill the value or your telecommunications
stocks and bonds and take three times as long as all the
Government Control Freaks establish themselves in the ever
present bureaucratic quagmire.
Its time the users
established consumer unions in each of their cities, and
linked those consumer unions together via the net, mail and
whatever other means needed to unify and make themselves
heard. The "Netizens" of this country and
the world have really taken a beating at the hands, feet and
clubs of the ISPs and Telephone Companies for far too long.
Stand up and be counted.