(UTOPIA) Tax Alert : Stop 150% tax pledge increase

Justin Findlay justin at jfindlay.us
Wed Apr 16 22:03:14 MDT 2008

On AD 2008 April 16 Wednesday 07:48:23 PM -0600, Chris wrote:
> The apologists' arguments are old, tediously repetitive, and inevitably wrong.

These may be regarded as pro UTOPIA arguments and neither of them are

0. Choice: Rather than being involuntarily beholden to $AUTOCRATIC_ISP
you get to chose $AUTOCRATIC_ISP.  Qwest does this also, but only under
*government* duress.

1. Technology: Current DSL speeds fill up nearly all the available
bandwidth of copper twisted pair.  UTOPIA offers symmetric bandwidth of
15 and 50 Mib.  In the laboratory researchers have successfully
transmitted data along a single fiber at a few hundred Gib with no
foreseeable effective attenuation in sight.

I am not pro UTOPIA, I am pro choice.  If Qwest and/or Comcast were
rolling out fiber networks instead of UTOPIA and if they would keep
their hands off my packets I would probably be fine with that too.  Why
settle for inferior technology at the behest of a monopoly or two
because some astroturf organization wants to spin UTOPIA as socialist?

> >From the beginning, UTOPIA hasn't passed the smell test.  To see how
> misguided it is, one need look no further than the original 20-year
> mortgage.  If someone today offered you a free copy of today's most
> powerful computer, would you take it if it meant you couldn't use any
> other computer for the next 20 years?  How about 30 years?   But
> that's what UTOPIA does: it saddles citizens with 20 (or 30) years of
> debt obligations on something with a lifespan of a decade, at best.
> And like most government programs, those who pay vastly outnumber
> those who benefit.

I find the financing argument rather tedious myself. :)

> If the news reports are to be believed, UTOPIA has failed to meet its
> own objective measures.  (Shock!)  And those objective measures were
> supposed to be conservative.  It's a boondoggle, plain and simple.
> When is enough enough?

Evidently the UTA didn't think the truth was as persuasive enough as
socialist insinuations which are only quite amusing. :-)


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