President Obama – The Internet is for Everyone

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http://www.internetforeveryone.org/
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dVLYRDoC8nY

I believe that the internet is the single most powerful tool for learning in existence today. It blows away TV, and it contains most of if not all the books written that are currently in the public domain for free.

That is why I believe our municipal duopolies of telephone/cable companies are not the solution we need in America for providing internet. My bill for broadband internet has gone from $40 to $65 in the last four years with almost no increase in service. It is trends like this, coupled with the internet provider companies beginnig to throttle access to sites or services/protocols that don’t cooperate with their rules that makes me passionate about this. People in an economic tier below mine are stifled in their ability to get access.

I propose that internet access needs more attention than the digital TV switch, much much more. (just for the record, I think this delay of the digital transition is stupid, and is the type of thinking that annoys me from the democrats, and I also believe it is motivated more by corporate interests than the public’s safety [OMG did I suggest that someone in the Obama administration might not have pure motives…silly me] /soapbox) If we treat the internet more like a utility, or a road, and have the government build out the lines that connect us, and then allow ISPs the right to compete for providing the customer an IP address, a DNS server, and access to their backbones, while we pay the city or state a basic fee to maintain the system that we will end up with something that much more accessible and affordable.

Anyway, the links at the beginning of this I completely agree with and urge you to check them out and put a little thought into this. Because as more things go online (like job searches, and federal sites) the digital divide is one of the divides that continues to help keep injustice flowing to the economically disadvantaged, while widening the gap between those that have money and those that don’t.

Warming up to Obama

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Ron Paul has all but said he was out, so I’m on the hunt for my new candidate.

I liked McCain in 2000, and wished he was our President for the last 8 years, but I’m not sure he is the right guy for the next 8 years.

Hillary has very few positives with me. She seems to flip-flop to the crowd quite a bit, she has had damn near 20 years in Washington considering she was the most politically active first lady since Eleanor Roosevelt, and hasn’t “changed” things all that much, so I’m skeptical as to how that would be somehow drastically improved as her being president.

Obama is pretty inexperienced in foreign policy, but seems to be grabbing more and more of my attention.

Particularly after seeing this from 2006, at some Sojourners event. I’ve never heard a politician speak for 40 minutes (particularly on the subject of faith and politics) where I didn’t strongly disagree with at least one main point…until I heard this speech.
Video (40 Minutes) http://link.brightcove.com/services/player/bcpid353515028?bctid=416343938
MP3 / podcast
http://obama.senate.gov/podcast/060628_Sen.Barack_Obama_Podcast_Call_to_Renewal_Keynote_34.mp3
Transcript:
http://obama.senate.gov/speech/060628-call_to_renewal/index.php

So, anyway, food for thought I figured was worth sharing. I’d be interested in hearing your reaction to this speech.