Political News and Commentary with the Right Perspective. NAVIGATION
  • Front Page
  • News
  • Multimedia
  • Tags
  • RSS Feed

  • Advertise on RightMichigan.com


    Get the RightMighigan.com toolbar!



    Who are the NERD fund donors Mr Snyder?

    Raise the curtain.


    By JGillman, Section News
    Posted on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 09:32:39 AM EST
    Tags: Public Funding, Cable, choice, DDA, Frivolities, Internet, Michigan, Phone, taxes, Traverse City, TV, WRONG (all tags)

    ~ Cross Posted From MTTM ~

    "Kalkaska did it."  "Empire Did it."

    Two statements of fact made by supporters of  establishing Wi-Fi as a public service in Traverse City.  In fact, this is possibly something that is  being considered by other communities as a 'necessary utility.'  The TC Ticker's closing paragraph on their recent story quotes the Empire planning commissioner Paul Skinner:

    "If you look at the numbers of computer owners now compared  with 10 years ago, I honestly think that having Wi-Fi accessibility will  soon be the equivalent of owning a television. It's an integral part of  today's infrastructure."

    Television is not as free as one might think.  The FCC lotteries and arrangements years ago for particular transmitter frequencies required capital for the start up and licensing.  Cable TV for that matter requires a great deal of infrastructure build up that necessarily involves monopoly or near monopoly agreements according to some arguments.  Phone services have been around as long as anyone alive today, and continue to serve in different ways.

    But I do not recall government, local or otherwise, subsidizing and paying for any of it as a necessary utility. (other than for 911 emergency)

    In fact, the great risks taken by broadcasters of TV, phone, and cable system providers  have sometimes been met with great losses that forced efficiency changes, and platform enhancements to create a more sound and innovative business model.  Competition to phone, internet and news services have been seen from cable, phone, television, and private providers.  Some of these models have encouraged real technological improvements to serve their customers DESIRES.

    But in no case, was any customer forced into an arrangement they did not want.  Either by an automatic subscription to a service, or through a fee or charge from taxing authority as unaccountable as a DDA.

    In my own times of financial distress, I have had the opportunity to turn off the cable.  To limit my expense for phone or internet service.  The folks who pay taxes and assessments in Traverse City would not be so lucky and have those decisions available were this to pass.

    They will have no choice, but to pay for it.  A city commission in Michigan engaging in this type of social welfare program to indigent Mac-Book users, at the expense of many who still don't even know what a google is, reveals much.  An ignorance of current economic realities, and an unwillingness to regard the true importance of life's frivolities.

    So I agree with Mr. Skinner of the Empire planning commission.

    The importance of Wi-Fi OUGHT to be considered as important as television.

    < 'Bout Damn Time | Census Shocker >

    Share This: Digg! StumbleUpon del.icio.us reddit reddit

    Display: Sort:
    The Looters, eventually... (none / 0) (#1)
    by Corinthian Scales on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 10:13:21 AM EST
    ...will kill the host.

    "From each according to their vulnerability, to each according to their greed"

    Asking an obvious question. (none / 0) (#2)
    by KG One on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 10:49:38 AM EST
    Just what is keeping people from digging into their own pockets and paying for Starband, Skycasters or even, Wildblue with their own money if they need the internet so bad?

    Or did I miss a huge part of this story?

    I was calling around last (none / 0) (#4)
    by RushLake on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 05:41:57 PM EST
    month to see what options were out there for Montmorency County (the sunrise side). I called an outfit listed in the yellow pages (how 20th century) and the nice lady looked at my options which are pretty much limited to satellite. This call took place in the time frame when Akbar Hussein Maobama had visited Marquette promising they would be linked to the information super highway and yadda. The nice lady looked at the satellite option, and shazaam, I qualify for some of your tax dollars via the People's Recovery and Reinvestment Act to pay for @20.00 of my monthly satellite internet bill. Being a man of honor, I declined that offer and get to play with dial up. I just hope the damned gerbil doesn't get tired on that treadmill.

    Necessary? (none / 0) (#5)
    by Rougman on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 06:26:28 PM EST
    Honestly, I don't get it.  Wireless internet is nice, but why on God's green Earth should it be considered a necessity, and even if it is necessary, why should the government provide it?  Dial up is available everywhere for about $12 a month.  

    Up until three months ago I had dial-up.  Sure, it was slow, but it was generally dependable.  I could post to Right Michigan, pay my bills, and could even subject myself to the unending stream of raw sewage flowing from the editorial pages of the Freep.  

    I recently switched to a cell phone and now tether my internet to an unlimited data plan from Verizon.  $30 per month data plan and a one-time $15 charge for the tethering.  

    Download speeds are routinely 10x faster than dialup and now I can even watch Youtube videos of Beyonce getting all funky and stuff!

    Eat your heart out.

    community wireless (none / 0) (#6)
    by nammeroo on Tue Mar 22, 2011 at 09:43:49 PM EST
    For those municipalities foolish enough to think that wireless Internet should be treated like another municipal utility, or that "free" wireless Internet should be provided as a government service, please check out these two websites:


    This is the website for the best community-based cooperative business model for SUCCESSFULLY providing "free" wireless Internet on a local level.  Nobody does it better, and the founders of Wireless Ypsi are willing to share their knowledge and employ their expertise to help your community do the same thing.

    Before you get any ideas, this is an entirely private effort - in fact, the original "home" government was openly hostile to the project in its early years.


    This is the link to the failed public/private partnership which was supposed to provide "free" wireless Internet to the entire county, including the areas now covered by Wireless Ypsi.  

    Wireless Ypsi has operated successfully and grown during bad economic times with little publicity and a very effective, low cost business model.  During the same period, Wireless Washtenaw has burned through hundreds of thousands of dollars in "investment capital, much of it from government sources, with virtually nothing to show for it.

    Display: Sort:


    Make a new account

    Tweet along with RightMichigan by
    following us on Twitter HERE!
    create account | faq | search