Greensboro citywide wifi proposal, “Free” wireless access?, Government and educational institutions not answer, Jobs needed!, The problem is our entertainment culture priorities and free wifi would facilitate internet video viewing at taxpayer expense
“Greensboro has the highest property tax rate in NC. No wonder they are scrambling to attract business.”…Citizen Wells
“Those who can, do; those who can’t, teach.”… George Bernard Shaw
“Freedom is the freedom to say that two plus two make four. If that is granted, all else follows.”…George Orwell, “1984″
One of my older friends, who was also raised in Greensboro, NC told me his father always said “If the government offers you anything for free, run.”
His dad was correct.
There is no free lunch.
It costs somebody(s) something and always more filtering of money spent through cumbersome government bureaucracies resulting in a small percentage of seed money being applied to the intended use.
It also, invariably, is inefficient.
My writing this article now is quite a result of “chance.” Or is it?
A few days ago I ran into someone I had met many months ago. An economist at UNCG and a colleague of Andrew Brod who is often quoted in the News Record. I actually referred to Brod in our talk about the economy and jobs. We had a long conversation about the economy and real jobs situation.
Just a few minutes ago I found the following article by “chance.”
From the Greensboro News Record June 5, 2015.
“This digital divide, which particularly is stark in rural areas, persists even in Greensboro, where 33.8 percent of residents have no access to broadband Internet, according to data from the American Community Survey.
Across the state, 28 percent of all North Carolina households have no access to the Internet. North Carolina ranks 40th in the nation for Internet access.
That’s what makes Cityfi such a strong contender for the Strong Cities, Strong Communities Economic Challenge. This competition, sponsored by the City of Greensboro and the federal Economic Development Agency, will award $500,000 to the best ideas for promoting economic growth in Greensboro.
Cityfi would open the Internet to city residents through a free public Wi-Fi network.
The concept was submitted by economist and consultant Andrew Brod and Roch Smith Jr., a Web developer who was one of the city’s early adopters of Internet tools and services.”
“Brod said Cityfi would address two related problems that are particularly persistent in Greensboro: economic inequality and a poorly trained and educated workforce.
Free citywide Wi-Fi would provide greater access to educational resources, giving residents the ability to study, take classes or earn degrees and certifications through distance learning.
It would give people a conduit for starting businesses and make it easier for start-ups to grow.
Most of all, it would provide access for lower-income residents who can’t afford the rates charged by commercial providers.”
What we need in Greeensboro, NC and the US is jobs and an environment that is conducive to business and business incubation, not more government.
Follow the money. Somebody(s) will make money off of this and the taxpayers will foot the bill.
From the Greensboro News Record June 3, 2015.
“According to a survey by the city of Raleigh, Durham residents who gripe about the high cost of living may have a point.
The city’s proposed property-tax rate for 2014-15 – 58.04 cents per $100 of property valuation – is the second-highest among proposed rates in North Carolina’s eight largest cities. In the Triangle, only Carrboro’s proposed rate – 58.94 cents – is higher.
Greensboro is highest at 63.25 cents. Raleigh’s contemplated rate is 40.38 cents.”
There is an unholy symbiotic relationship between “educators”, government and politicians.
They are all feeding and profiting off one another.
Most politicians pander to the left and so called educators to get elected
I am disgusted by them blaming our woes on lack of money spent and focus on traditional higher education which is currently wasting our time and money.
I have stated for years that the focus should be on the primary grades.
When many of us were young, we had to visit a library to do research.
Examine the percentage of educational research done on the internet.
You are more likely to find tuning in to our pop/entertainment culture.
I am a regular customer at a coffee shop adjacent to a major university. I am always astounded at the number of young people watching videos using wireless access.
The problem with many in this country, including the folks who supposedly cannot afford internet access, is priorities.
You will find in a majority of those homes a very nice TV and probably deluxe channel access.
Just as I find young people at coffee shops watching internet videos you too, I am certain, experience the same thing. Just look at smart phone ads and features.
See many educational focused ads?
And furthermore from Zero Hedge June 5, 2015.
“America, The Ponzi Scheme: A Commencement Speech For The Scammed”