This is amazing. Glad that those who might not be able to easily afford Internet will still have the option to have it.
Internet should be something freely available rather than another costly bill, so I definitely approve of this. The more people that can get connected, the more informed they can become and overall better off.
I live in LA and for many reasons this could end up being good or very bad for the city. First off I hope that not a single part of this infrastructure will be wireless it all better be wired to the end user. Then do they realize how massive LA is? Unlike other major cities LA is far more spread out and has a huge population so any free service would be greatly bogged down and the the question is would it bog down anyone on the payed tiers? And last why would they want only 1 company to win this contract? We aren't in Kansas anymore where the mighty google fiber can handle all residents they should be looking into 2-3 companies to offer gigabit internet in LA not just 1 that is going to share lines and resell/rebrand it's service with other providers. I hope their search AND research continues for another couple of years before anything drastic is done.
Now it will just be one much HUGER bill for taxpayers, and, considering half the state pays no income taxes, those who do will be paying at least double the rates.
Internet bandwidth en masse does not cost nearly as much as many individual users. And the taxes you pay would very likely not rise as much as you think, considering it would be divided by tens of millions of people.
Honestly, I'd be more concerned with graft and 'administrative fees' by those who run it. Damned corruption is so rampant in this country, it's disgusting.
when government tries to help or takeover ANY kind of service or product it is doomed. we need to keep government out of everything that isnt absolutely essential for a functioning country/state/city. leave all of this to the people and private industry, otherwise you get a bloated mess that barely functions (if at all).
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