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In fact, the regionals and the commercials are competing nicely, at least in
North Carolina. A new commercial Internet access provider is moving into
NC aggressively, offering cheaper prices than the nonprofit, which is
obliged to offer services to colleges, etc. People don't have to choose the
nonprofit. The commercial group is cheaper. They may *prefer* ther services
of the nonprofit, which is perfectly legitimate. Each has a fair role to
play and users get to choose the level and type of service they prefer.
The nonprofits have an obligation to provide the infrastructure for education.
If not, then privatize all education and research! (Which is stupid, right?)
 
The argument that NSF has no role in the future support of the network is
bad thinking. Becoming merely a funder to regional users is bad policy.
Under that thinking, all of the highway system would be turned over to
highway providers...The example of the debacle of the government as merely
a user-funder is no more blatantly obvious than Medicare. The gov't,
acting as end user, is now host and hostage to a currupted, bloated
explication of systematized greed; a monetary feeding frenzy at the
expense of the whole nation. Let NSF become merely a "user funder" and
you probably can expect the same result.
 
Something smells very fishy with this whole thing. Seems to me, it's
worth looking into. If the outcry is merely that the subsidized will no
longer get to feed at the government trough, that's one thing. If the
outcry is based in illegality, whether in the form of kick-backs,
campaign contributions or calling in political chits (which may not,
in fact, be illegal) that is something else again.
 
It is being played, though, as if it were a done deal. And that stinks.
 
Steve Snow
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