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I think the root of the argument here is that people still don't know how the traditional business model will work going forward. Look at Google, since we were talking about them. They offer a PLETHORA of free services (email, web browser, web search, social networking, YouTube, etc. etc. etc.) and their net worth is, what, $250 billion? And unless something's changed since the last time I read up on their business model, the majority of that money comes from advertising. So you've got a company who's primary and "physical" goods and services are offered FREE and yet they're one of the wealthiest company's in the world.
Hell, look at the debates going on right now about what Twitter is actually worth, and they're a company that literally offers ZERO tangible products to its clients and relatively no advertising. And yet they somehow pulled in $100 million in 2011 (I believe). That's a drop in the bucket compared to $250 billion, but remember, Twitter basically doesn't do anything of "value" from a business standpoint. We could have the same discussion about Facebook and their ups and downs since going public.
We're in a weird place when it comes to business now, and it's only going to get weirder. Look at Google: They make the majority of their money from advertising and they already offer a ton of free services. If the key to them getting money is having people hooked up and logged on, why not push for extremely cheap or even free Internet (especially if technology allows for it to be cost effective for them)? Or WiFi? That means more people online for them and thus more advertising revenue.
The Internet and the Digital Age are pushing a lot of "products" out there that are going to really shake up how we see business because we're going to start seeing a lot of non-tangible things and having to decide what or if they're worth anything.
This post was edited by sf2k4 13 months ago
Are you really black?
Oh. Just curious.
Not endorsing the program, I agree it should be scrapped, but the original legislation wanted everyone to have access to phones, then in 2008, the telecommunications lobby told Bush it would be a great idea to expand the program to cellphones, since a cell phone network is cheaper for both the user and the company that runs the network.
Of course it wasn't dead people buying these phones, it was government contracted companies that were selling these phones to dead people.
The idea is if you live in a rural area, in a place like Alabama, and a TV falls on your 2-year old, you would have access to emergency services. Or... If your neighbor decided to rape you, and you hate guns because you are a puzzy liberal, you could use the phone to dial 911.
I guess the original intent was everyone has a right to contact the police, fire, or ambulance, even if they are too poor to own a phone.
Internet at home should not be free.
It's a damn luxury item. You want free internet? Go to your local library.
Lies like your president
You can get Google Fiber (assuming you are in their area of operation) 5mbs/1mbs Internet for a $300 down payment or $25/mo for a year. After that, it is $0/mo. Free. And it will only get more available.
I don't see what the issue is. Google isn't the government, they're a company. And like I said before, they make their money through advertising, so the more people online, the better it is for them. That being the case, would you still be against very, very cheap or even free Internet if Google provided it?
Lies again. N.O has a white mayor, try meth
Sounds like a good time if it was a regular hooker
Go re-read the first page, imagine reading it 7 more times, and you'll be caught up.
What happened to Dawg E. Style?
Alive an well, on Rivals soundoff board everyday
He not like it here?
No. I brought 20 people over here and they all went back to rivals. 247 VT homesite is awesome. This board probably has 25% of the traffic the Soundoff board has.
That's true, but Soundoff has all those damn rules that change everyday too.
Yeah, lot of rules, and loaded with people. Funny how that works.
Are you saying we need more rules here?
That dude has problems
I wouldn't even even know where to start
I talk to him everyday. Might be the most normal person I know.
Anywhere. I am curious.
Have to catch up tomorrow. Y'all be cool
Maybe it was just some of the stuff I read by him when I used to lurk over there
Delay tactics. You speak of reform, yet skip the specifics. Like an internet politician.
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