Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> espoused:
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> Stop the spectrum auction madness
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>| When a company pays billions of dollars for a monopoly on the use of
>| spectrum, it can only get that money back by charging you a lot of money to
>| use it.
>| That money is a tax, a spectrum tax, one you pay on every phone call you
>| make, and every ringtone you download.
>| But it?s your spectrum. Yours and mine. The electromagnetic spectrum is not
>| government property, and need not be private property. It is supposed to be
>| regulated by the government in the public interest, to prevent interference.
It's a very good point. How can anyone 'own' EM waves, or tax for
their usage. This is hardly like a road where someone has put down
tarmac or a railway where someone's laid track & sleeper, or a canal
where someone's dug it out and filled it with water. This is merely
EM spectrum. It's almost like renting time on electrons or something.
Nobody would deny that interference requires regulation, but after
> Honest technology executives
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>| Wouldn't it be nice if just for one day that the top brass of the technology
>| companies would actually tell us the truth? Can you imagine what it would be
>| Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer: "Hey, I'm just a sales guy who's in over my
>| head. I know I deserve to be fired, but I'm a great number two. Want to buy a
>| copy of Vista with a free upgrade coupon for Windows Seven?
>| Microsoft Chief Software Architect, Ray Ozzie: "Yes, please fire Ballmer with
>| his dancing bear act and his broken volume control, and put me in charge.
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