Comment on The End of Anonymity

BenRayfield Wed, Aug 11, 2010
We're just talking about how to start, but  may be our only way out of internet censoring, lack of privacy, and monopoly prices. For example, Verizon charges $2 per megabyte for internet access on my cell phone, but for $75/month at a business where I rent a "server" computer (which is just a normal computer with an internet connection thats not censored), I'm allowed 125,000 megabytes (1 terabit) per month (many people using it at once). Its internet connection is fast enough to use all that. The cell-phone infrastructure can not be so slow that the price has to be nearly $2. Thats 3300 times more money per megabyte if I used it all. Therefore Verizon is holding a monopoly (or cartel or whatever the one is where they make illegal agreements with the others in power) price over me, which is why I don't have internet on a cell-phone. If we build our own wireless solar-powered internet infrastructure ("the sticker network"), then we can obsolete such monopolies of cell-phones, television, radio, and other ways they control us.

One more example of Verizon charging more than things are worth: I know the cause of this because I build audio software and understand some about compression software in general. Verizon uses excessive  which decreases sound quality so they can use less bandwidth (which I pay a high price for) to send sounds between 2 phones. It sounds ok for normal voices, but if somebody talks in a strange way or if I'm listening to something other than voice through the phone, their lossy-compression audio software prevents me from hearing over half of it. Verizon has low quality sound, which they could avoid if they spent 1 more dollar per month per person. I know how to estimate costs of technology. Only a monopoly/cartel could get away with that. I'd go to a different phone business, but they're probably all part of the cartel.

Lets create  as an open-source hardware and software combination.  is an example of how to create open-source hardware (no patents) the same way as open-source software.