From the AFP -
Chicago could soon become the world's largest Internet cafe now that the city hall has put out a request for bids to build a city-wide wireless Internet system.
The goal is to provide inexpensive -- or even free -- Internet access to all residents in order to help Chicago bridge the digital divide, Mayor Richard Daley said in a statement Tuesday.
This joins scores of cities around the country that are planning to offer the service as well as my home city of Racine.
The Real Effect
Now students, let's think critically.
- Why would cities want to offer this as a city service?
- Is this a service that should be handled by a government?
- Is the private sector NOT handling this type of service?
- Does anyone believe that a government is the most efficient way to handle most services?
- Is there a possible ulterior motive?
- Publicly to "bridge the digital divide". Code speak for socialism. Whenever government seizes from one to give to another so that things may be equal that is a socialist policy. This ignores the fundamental right to property.
- No - perhaps coordinated.
- Not only is the private sector providing wireless options, but many companies are leading the way in developing key technology, products and procedure.
- Government routinely demonstrates an outstanding ability to be anti-efficient. Projects such as this are problem laden and generally come in overbudget.
- Yes. Is it any coincidence that spying seems to be a problem in our culture? Consider the explosion in CCTV, RFID tagging in your Levis and government mandates such as the National Animal Identification System and the defacto nation ID - the Real ID act.