53% of Americans Don't Want the Government to Push Broadband to Poor and Rural Areas, are Dicks

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America! The land of selfish assholes. At least that's what a new survey seems to show, with 53% of respondents against the idea of the government making high-speed broadband available to those it has yet to reach.

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A national survey of 2,252 adults by Pew found that 11% thought broadband should be a top priority, 30% think it's an important priority, 27% said it was "not too important" a priority and 26% think it shouldn't be attempted at all by the government.

Now, as someone reading this post right now, I'm going to guess that you have access to the internet. Imagine if you did not. Could you live your life as well as you do now? Could you, say, apply for a job without an email account? No?

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But hey, why let the government create incentives for ISPs to expand into areas where they think it's just not cost-effective enough to provide their services? That sounds like socialism to me. The government shouldn't do anything for anyone! Now where's my Medicare check? [Reuters]

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Thank you, Frucci. For proving your point with both emotion and an abundance of evidence. That evidence, of course, being the slew of dicks you've inadvertently summoned to comment on this article.

Seriously. There's enough jackassery in this thread to make me sick. How's about we go at this categorically, shall we?

It's not the government's job to provide internet to people on farms

You're absolutely right. It's the "free market"'s job. Unfortunately, your lovely free market system is not governed by the principle of no-one-left-behind. Which means that folks in rural areas that are simply too far out to be profitable are stuck. But, you know that's not really that big of a deal because....

If they don't like it, they should just move

Ok. Sounds good. Now, next time you want to complain about carrier ETFs or Microsoft's monopolistic stronghold on the software industry, you should quit your job and move to some tribal village in Africa. Because that is what you do when you have one, single problem. You leave everything you have and go somewhere else. Nevermind if your (or your families') livelihood is dependent on living and farming in those rural areas. Nevermind that you can't practically consider the option of moving because you have no idea where to go, a problem that could be solved by having internet access which is the problem you have in the first place. Nevermind that telling someone that because the system you love so much failed them, it's their fault and they should be the ones to fix it is absolutely assholish....since the dawn of time, mankind has migrated to new places for the sole purpose of getting internet access. That's how it's always been. Tough shit.

I don't really appreciate your sarcasm

Tough shit.

I just don't think it's fair to spend my tax money on things that I don't benefit from

And I don't think it's fair that in the last five years, I've gotten in exactly zero car accidents, yet I still have to pay insurance money. Sorry, dudes. Sometimes, when you don't live in a completely isolated world, you end up paying for other people's shit. Sometimes your roommate drinks your beer. Sometimes the group decides to split the check evenly rather than get pedantic about who paid for what. And sometimes you live on a farm where you work to make food for people all over the country who couldn't give a rat's ass about whether or not AT&T thinks that bringing reasonable levels of internet access to your town is worth it. Life's not fair and it is impossible to make every individual person financially responsible for only things that directly affect themselves. That's not how a communal society works. Get over it.

You're not a very nice person.

No, I'm not. I used to be. But then I came across too many folks who have nothing better to do than be angry at a government for daring to think about the possibility of filling in the holes of an imperfect market system.

And yeah, I said it. The free market system is imperfect. People get left behind. And you know what? Sometimes those people matter. Hell, sometimes half you suburbanites depend on those people that get left behind for your day-to-day living, and refuse to acknowledge it.

Get over yourselves people. You can bicker to day's end about the most effective way to deal with a problem, and I'm fine with that. But if you people have nothing better to do than bitch and whine because someone else is trying to solve a problem that you'd feel more comfortable ignoring, then yes, you do deserve to be called dicks and selfish assholes.

Once again, thank you Frucci.