Blah, blah, blah


Obama must have been here already

Driving to the gym for an early morning workout I decide to stop and get some caffiene. Can't get a proper workout without the stuff. Inside the minimart, standing in line. Geez. 7 people in line. Come on, hurry up.

I decide to relax. The gym will wait. Look around. Except for one, the folks in front of me are all either texting or surfing the net on their smartphones. That can only mean one thing.

Our town has a population of 40,000. Yep. Thats it. Small town rural Americana. One zip code. Lots of farms. The great outdoors is right out most of our citizens backdoor.

But wait.

How can folks in my little tiny town (rural) have the ability to surf the net and text on their phones? Don't we need the National Wireless Initiative to save us? Don't the evil cell companies need a big push from President Obama and his "it will save us money" idea?

I actually feel sorry for the good citizens of Marquette this morning. They are all probably sitting there listening to Obama talk about how he will get them wireless service in their small rural area, and how it will save everyone money. All the while the people in the audience are texting and surfing the net, while trying to look attentive.

In that vein I am going to text someone about this.

Thanks Prez!

Comment balloon 27 commentsKevin Robinson • February 11 2011 09:32AM



Interesting post. I really have been an ostrich of late with so many things going on so I find this of interest.


Posted by John Durham, MS, MS, ASP, ARS (Durham Executive Group - RE/MAX/Results) over 8 years ago

If this trend continues humans will loose their vocal cords within a few generations.

Posted by Larry Bergstrom, CNE, CRS, GRI (Crescent Realty, Inc. Spanaway, WA. ) over 8 years ago

Another way to waste tax payer dollars! Remember when the big government push was to get more commercial TV stations to rural areas using repeaters? They bought land, they put up towers and it didn't work.

If you wanted decent TV, you got cable or did without. Now of course, there is satellite, oh wait, there is satellite for the Internet now too!

Posted by Kathy Denworth, Realtor in the Florida Keys, Islamorada, Key Largo (Century 21 Schwartz Realty) over 8 years ago

I wish our President would stick to important things. Let private business handle what they do best without govt interfernce.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Hood dude * Don't text me....I don't text...I can read e-mail on my smart phone and respond and have a record of the conversation.

Posted by Wallace S. Gibson, CPM, LandlordWhisperer (Gibson Management Group, Ltd.) over 8 years ago

Kevin, I wish he was connected to what is going on in America.

Posted by Mike Frazier, Northwest Tennessee Realtor (Carousel Realty of Dyer County) over 8 years ago


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Posted by Broker Nick, Broker Nick Relocation Broker Service (South Florida Real Estate & Development, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Kevin, until the federal government subsidizes something they cannot exert much control over it.  Years ago, we argued about federal subsidies to education and concern about federal subsidy always arriving with federal control.  I feel that the driver in federal internet involvement is the administration's desire to control it.  Anyone who wants broadband in any place in America can get it.  Nobody will benefit from a federally licensed franchise for internet access. 

Posted by Mike Carlier, More opinions than you want to hear about. over 8 years ago

Hey maybe we can call it Air America. That name is available now.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

I think the blame for that one falls on us all. Personally, I don't have a cell phone nor do I want one. I'm fortunate to be in part of the real estate industry that has no emergencies. When I see people getting upset by the number of bars on their glowing rectangles... I want to kick them in the rear! I'm reminded of an old joke that is totally tasteless... I once complained about my shoes with holes in them until I met a man with no feet. So I asked him, "You won't be needing those shoes anymore will ya?" I warned you it was totally tasteless but yet apropos. (not a real site... but gauging interest) :-)

Posted by Bob & Bonnie Horning over 8 years ago

Yep, 57 percent of all American homes have access to high-speed Internet service; I say we let the 43 percent who don't have it use dial-up. 

We should've never had the Rural Electrification Act either, Coleman lanterns work just fine.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

LMAO at Karl's post!  So now the internet is a "right"?  How long before we all have to have the same things?  ...think Communism.

Posted by Georgia over 8 years ago

Georgia, where did I say I thought it was 'a right?'  Try trolling in better waters.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

Clearly just another stupid bill to get money to special interests.  Seems funny to me that our government "didn't see the problem coming" in Egypt and it was started by Tweeter and Facebook-by people making $2.00 a day.

Posted by Dale Terry over 8 years ago

Karl -Some of my friends in big cities had  high speed internet long before I did. I did not go and ask my elected leaders to take care of me like some little child would do. No, I simply waited until it was feasible for the provider to add the proper infrastructure in my area, and then, get ready for this, I purchased it. Scary, I know.

For one thing, whenever our elected leaders "help" us, they are basically taking someone else's money and using it to give us something. Why don't we all  just start asking our neighbors for a handout? Hey man I don't have wireless and it is not fair. Will you help me. After all, you make more money than I do.

Part of the problem in this country is the dumbshit who came up with the idea that everyone should have the same things, and then all of the dumbshits who actually believed that. We must work to erase that stupid mentality.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

This is not about getting on ActiveRain or FaceBook faster.

From the International Business Times:

One part of the plan is freeing up wireless spectrum for public safety agencies in an effort to make various networks interoperable. Up to 500 MHz of spectrum for everything from smartphones to wireless broadband would be released via a system of "voluntary incentive auctions," in which broadcasters would give up unused spectrum. The administration estimates this will raise $27.8 billion over the next decade.

Obama also supported the Federal Communications Commission's plans to reform the Universal Service Fund, as well as a one-time investment of $5 billion to accomplish that. He also supports putting $10 billion into the development and deployment of a nationwide wireless broadband network.

The initiative was met with approval from the Consumer Electronics Association, one of the biggest technology trade associations in the world. CEA president Gary Shapiro, in a prepared statement, commended President Obama.

"CEA and its members look forward to expanding wireless broadband, and in particular advancing the President's call for incentive auctions to redeploy underused broadcast spectrum for wireless broadband while reducing the federal deficit. We will continue to work closely with the President, the Congress and the Federal Communications Commission to ensure competitive broadband and innovative new wireless services are available to all Americans," Shapiro said.

The CTIA -Wireless Association also applauded the initiative by Obama. In an emailed statement, Chief Executive Steve Largent said the association is looking forward to working with White House to get to that 98 percent goal.

"The President, along with the majority of policymakers in Washington, realize that in order for the U.S. wireless industry to continue to meet consumer demand and fuel the 'virtuous cycle' of innovation and competition, we must have more spectrum. Our members are willing to spend billions of dollars to purchase reallocated spectrum at auction so we can remain the world's leading wireless industry and provide consumers with the best products and services," Largent said.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

We do not have the money to spend right now.


What part of that does our President not understand.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Well, since you're against improving the information highway infrastructure, does that mean your against improving any infrastructure that is critical to national and international trade?

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

Hopefully you sent off the text before you hopped back in your car.  What did we do without cell phones and text messages?

Posted by Rob Arnold, Metro Orlando Full Service - Investor Friendly & F (Sand Dollar Realty Group, Inc.) over 8 years ago

Karl - Out of money means just that. Kind of like a personal budget. We must get caught up on our bills first.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Karl, you deny "saying" that the internet is a right, but you are implying it with every post.  So which is it?  Do you or don't you think that taxpayers should pay for everyone to have access to the internet??

You are you going to deflect the question with more trash talk?

Posted by Georgia over 8 years ago

Anything that is NECESSSARY for national and internation trade SHOULD BE supplied 100% by the businesses that use it.

The government needs to get out of the way!  They have never, ever done anything cheaper than the private sector has!

And anything the government does is done on taxpayer's picking out pockets! 

Government is NOT THE ANSWER.

Posted by Georgia over 8 years ago

lol Georgia...following your logic, the interstate highway system should not have been erected....nor the rural electricity act passed. 

Business models across the world continue to change drastically with the advent of eCommerce and this change is not just restricted to the US. For example, the United Kingdom has the biggest e-commerce market in the world when measured by the amount spent per capita, even higher than USA. The internet economy in UK is likely to grow by 10% between 2010 to 2015. 

eCommerce counts for $10's of billions in transactions.  It is an integral part of the infrastructure and needs to be upgraded across the country....just like roads, bridges, airports, train, etc, etc.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

Karl -The logic is thus:

Once we cut all waste and stop all entitlement spending, and get caught up on our bills, then we can think about new projects. Until then cut the budget and all spending. And since I know you will ask, an entitlement is money going to someone who has done nothing for it. It is free money because some politician decided the person fell between the cracks. The problem is the crack keeps getting bigger in order to get politicians elected. And no, medicare and social security are not entitlements as long as the person receiving them actually paid into the system. If they did not pay into it, then we may have a problem.

Posted by Kevin Robinson, Fractional Developer over 8 years ago

Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are the epitome of 'entitlement' programs.  The ONLY way to balance the budget is through reducing costs on those programs and defense as they make up 88% of the budget.

But, at the same time, we cannot afford to fall behind in this global market place that is ultra-competitive.

Posted by Karl Hess, on The Jersey Shore (Keller Williams Shore Properties) over 8 years ago

Only you karl would name the road infrastructure as a "shining example" of what our government did well!  The roads nationwide are by  in large in disrepair.  We need to fix them.  This takes MONEY.  Many bridges are in dire need of replacement.  This takes MONEY.  The Postal Service is near bankruptcy.  They need more MONEY.  Pensions of government employees are short by TRILLIONS.  They need MONEY.  We need to start building nuclear plants for energy.  This takes MONEY.  Got it?

Trains are a drain on nation's budgets worldwide.  These take MONEY.  Lots of it to start from scratch.

We don't have any money.  We are BROKE as a Nation.  What about that don't you understand??

*WHEN* there is a real NEED...with a RETURN ON INVESTMENT...private sector will put them in.  Telecoms have put in enough wire to go to the moon and back several times already.

Stop dreaming and come into reality that we are BROKE.

Posted by Georgia over 8 years ago

BTW, your figure is waaaay off karl.

According to ABC News recently...

"The three programs have ballooned to 57 percent of the government budget this year and are widely cited as the most significant contributors to the federal deficit, something nearly all Americans want to see aggressively brought under control."

Posted by Georgia over 8 years ago