reply to EPS
Re: Kill P2P, save the internet Yes, the same government that sponsored a capital-intensive means of transportation to the tune of $4,200,000,000,000.00 *in todays dollars. Guess SOME people benefited from the government subsidies. And surprisingly, they don't want anyone else to benefit. Who could that possibly be?
Yes, the same railroad on routes where a single railroad has had an undisputed monopoly, passenger service was as spartan and as expensive as the market and Interstate Commerce Commission regulation would bear, since such railroads had no need to advertise their freight services. However, on routes where two or three railroads were in direct competition with each other for freight business, such railroads would spare no expense to make their passenger trains as fast, luxurious, and affordable as possible.
Hmm.. capital-intensive, monopolistic = bad service. Sounds a lot like our current information infrasructure. 85% of the people in the US have ONE REAL CHOICE for broadband. Guess what, 768kb DSL is not competition for 10mb cable.
High-speed rail in the United States is very limited compared to Western Europe. Amtrak, the only nationwide passenger rail carrier in the United States, has operated Acela Express trains between Boston and Washington, D.C. since 2001. These trains tilt into curves along the track, reaching a top speed of 150 mph (240 km/h). However, this maximum speed is not really considered fast enough for Acela to be genuinely called high-speed technology.
Hmm.. sounds like europe AGAIN got it right. They subsidize their national rail service, AS WELL AS their information technology services. What do they get? Oh, wait, better service, lower prices! What a SHOCKER!
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