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The Broadband Myth PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Thursday, 06 February 2003
Following in the footsteps of last week's rant, I though that this week, I would delve a bit further into the issues behind providing broadband internet services to the masses. Those who know me personally know that I work as a technician/programmer for a relatively small ISP in the midwest. That being said I want to state here an now that none of the financial, or other data in this rant is based even loosely on any information that I have obtained directly as a result of my working there. All of the information contained in this rant comes from sources publicly available on the internet. Though my job does probably make it easier for me to find this data, as it helps to know what you are looking for, and were to search for it.

So why did I title this rant "The Broadband Myth"? Well overall the lofty goals that we've all heard about having broadband available to the masses is pretty much just that, a myth. The reasons are numerous, but it all really boils down to two simple things in the end. 1. Everyone wants broadband internet services. 2. Most people aren't willing to pay more than $40-$50 a month for broadband services.
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Broadband Internet Parody PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Friday, 10 January 2003
A recent letter by an SBC ( Southwestern Bell) employee published in the Sedalia, MO newspaper reminded me of a rant that I intended to do long ago and never quite got around to. So considering how far behind I am on getting rants done, I thought well hey it's never too late right?.

The letter in question basically states SBC's position on a series of new legislation that is currently being introduced in the Missouri Senate and House of Representatives. The senate version of the bill in question can be accessed in it's full text here at the Missouri Senate's website. The house version is available here at the Missouri House's website. They are both essentially the same bill no doubt written by lobbyist's for SBC. The bill's sponsors include Representatives Jim Avery from Crestwood and Bryan Stevenson from Joplin in the house and Senators Sarah Steelman from Rolla and Charles Gross from St Charles in the Senate. At first glance the bill appears harmless enough, the brief title of it is as follows "SB 0221 Prohibits the PSC from imposing any restrictions on high- speed Internet or broadband service". SBC's position being that this bill will increase the availability of broadband Internet service, allowing them to better compete with local cable companies thereby creating a "Broadband Internet Parity".
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Ranting on my Rants... PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Tuesday, 17 December 2002
Well, I can't claim that I've done very well with this spot over the past year. I've managed to eke out just 14 rants counting this one since January 1st of last year. All in all I'm pretty disappointed in myself. I think one of my major downfalls has been that I've tried to be too picky about what I'll put in this spot. For a place that started out as simply somewhere for me to put my own thoughts on current issues, I turned it into someplace that I would only put things that inspired me to write about them. I realize now that with everything else going on in my life right now that is a bit too much pressure. After all I'm not a professional writer or anything.
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Voter Turnout on Election Day PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Monday, 04 November 2002
With election day for 2002 tomorrow, I thought that this might be an appropriate time to do a rant on the lack of voter participation in the United States as a whole. With all of the other semi-political type rants that I have put on this page, it's only fitting that I should cover this subject as well.

According to census data from the year 2000, there were somewhere near 206 million people in the United States that were over the age of 18. This is a figure referred to by the federal election commission as V.A.P. or Voting Age Population.

Of the 206 Million people who could register and vote in the 2000 elections, a little more than 105 Million actually placed a vote in the November 5th elections. That's just slightly more than 51%. There is some amount of error in these numbers, as the FEC does admit that that 206 Million people over the age of 18, some of those are not actually eligible to vote in US elections for one reason or another. However when you consider that Census data only includes Legal residents of the US, I can't imagine that there is really a significant portion of the V.A.P. who are not eligible to register and vote.
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Random thoughts and musings... PDF Print
Written by Jonathan Haase   
Wednesday, 11 September 2002
Ok so here we are, September 11th, 2002. It's hard to believe that an entire year has passed since the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington. In lieu of a rant this week, and in honor of the anniversary of the attacks, instead of a rant this week I thought I'd just post a bit of random thoughts in relation to that fateful day. Unlike most of the rants that I've done here I'm not planning this one out, nor do I know ahead of time where I'm going. My basic plan here is that I'm just going to get started with this, and go where ever my thoughts lead me on this. So with that said here goes nothing.

On the way to work this morning I listened to parts of the tribute that was going on in New York, Washington, and Pennsylvania. I couldn't help but be moved by it. I was especially impressed with the New York tribute. The simple restating of the Gettysburg address and reading of the names of those who perished in the attacks has got to be one ways to honor those who lost loved ones in the attacks that I can think of.
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