Journal: News & Comment

Tuesday, May 20, 2003
# 2:47:00 PM:

Your year's supply of bits

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From Philip Greenspun:

While our politicians fret about old-style feudalism in the Muslim world they ignore neo-feudalism springing up in their midst.


The public is allegedly the owner of the electromagnetic spectrum. Why can't we combine these facts to conclude that every U.S. citizen ought to be entitled to transmit and receive a certain number of bits per year?

This sounds like something the Canadian government would do, but so far there's been no talk of it here either. Right now I'm in a downtown office piggybacking off a wireless connection in some other office or apartment (I don't even know where it is, other than nearby). It would be cool, and would make me quite productive, if I could do that anywhere, and legitimately.


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