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Thank the Private Sector for the Internet, not Government

Scott853 Wrote: Jul 24, 2012 8:18 PM
You guys are way off; you want to give the private sector all the credit for the Internet because you hate the government but are missing the really big investment made by the federal government for the backbone of the Internet, 100s of billions. The taxpayers paid for the thousands of miles of T-1 trunks that connect all the universities, public and private, to each other on very big very fast data transmission line. You guys laud the private sector for gas pumps (the end connections), while forgetting without the extensive freeway system taxpayers invested in, there would be no need for all those gas pumps. Why don't you guys just admit that some infrastructure investment is absolutely essential to grow our economy?
Ernest71 Wrote: Jul 25, 2012 12:09 AM
Because the government never installed a single foot of T1 line, or any other lines such as this and as for the internet invention, it was simply a way for information to be shared. YET many of todays big IT companies like Oracle, Cisco etc are actually the ones who did as much as the actual guys who figured out the basic code. AND as for internet of today it was developed by Techs from CERN labs,,,,.
Oh and yeah Tax Payers paid for it by paying phone bills etc.
Riquochet Wrote: Jul 24, 2012 8:53 PM
Who are the taxpayers? The private sector. Who paid for the thousands of miles of T-1 trunks? The private sector.

The government has no money until it takes it from the private sector first. I'm not against taxes, but you have to admit from where the money comes. The private sector.

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