Running water was luxury at the turn of the 19th century, now it is a necessity;
Electricity was luxury at the turn of the 20th century, now it is a necessity;
Broadband was luxury at the turn of the 21st century, now it is a necessity.
UPDATE 5/22/2012 - Delayed till later in the year but not killed.. yet. https://torrentfreak.com/us-six-strikes-anti-piracy-scheme-delayed-120518/
Monticello City Fiber vs Charter is the latest battleground for the right of communities to build their own networks.
"Together, the FCC and Samknows are setting out to provide US consumers with reliable and accurate statistics of their broadband connections. If you are interested in using one of our units to measure your home broadband connection, then please sign up below.
The original post with bill scans can be found here. http://www.dslreports.com/forum/r26817647-Burloak-Usage-Based-Billing-Ni... .
[HIGHLIGHT] Stop Big Cable/DSL in Georgia and South Carolina from shutting down broadband competition
Telecom and cable incumbents in the US states of South Carolina and Georgia are pushing legislation that prevent communities from building their own broadband networks, many of which are in areas those companies have deemed unprofitable and ignored.
"China last year investigated government-owned China Telecom Corp. and China Unicom (Hong Kong) Ltd., which reportedly control two-thirds of broadband Internet access in China, over monopoly claims and complaints over high prices."
"iiNet ditches peak and off-peak data" http://www.zdnet.com.au/iinet-ditches-peak-and-off-peak-data-339333851.htm
While Canada is starting to adopt on/off peak data pricing schemes, iiNet in Australia, is dumping it, "allowing customers the full limits of their plans at any time of the day."
"SOPA masala: 387 Indian ISPs must block 104 piratical websites" http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/news/2012/03/sopa-masala-indian-isps-must-block-104-piratical-websites.ars
Do you like net neutrality, an open internet, and freedom of information? If you do, don't move to India.
Wall Street Journal : Fiber boom once again http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303863404577285260615058538.html?mod=googlenews_wsj
The Wall Street Journal reports that there is actually a new fiber boom (19 million miles worth) in the US, the likes of which haven't been seen since the dotcom days.
Australia steps up "usable" schedule for NBN by 2015 http://www.smh.com.au/it-pro/government-it/35-million-premises-on-nbn-in-three-years-20120329-1vztg.html
Australia plans to have "30%" of the country NBN accessible by 2015.