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As U.S. rolls out ultrafast internet, tensions rise over public right of way

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By Carey L Biron

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Well if they charge too much for access to right of way then users of 5G will have to pay a lot more.

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Next we'll find out that if you live close to one of these 5G antennas, then you simply need to leave your food on the windowsill for it to cook... no more need of a microwave oven.

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No doubt the lawyers will be loving this.

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(sigh) And here it comes, an undoing of the democratic empowering potential of the internet through the inexorable expansion of the Corporate State at the expense of the citizenry.

Chomsky, Naomi Klein, Antony Loewenstein, etc. have all written eloquently and thoroughly about this. But Chris Hedges sums it up most succinctly by quoting from Sheldon Wolin on 'Inverted Totalitarianism' ...

‘It doesn’t find its expression through a demagogue or charismatic leader, but through the anonymity of the Corporate State. That in Inverted Totalitarianism, you have a system by which corporate forces purport to pay loyalty to the constitution, electoral politics, the iconography and language of American patriotism, and yet have so corrupted the levers of power as to render the citizenry powerless.’

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@Steve

1 for the Inverted Totalitarianism drop.

One phrase we can garuntee will never be spoken on MSNBCCNNFOX.

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@Steve

Plus 1 for the Inverted Totalitarianism drop.

One phrase we can garuntee will never be spoken on MSNBCCNNFOX.

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Well if they charge too much for access to right of way then users of 5G will have to pay a lot more.

Well if they don't charge enough then the cities (meaning all taxpayers) will lose money while the corporations get a subsidy payed for by all taxpayers not just those who use their product.

Not saying there aren't situations where taxpayers should pay for services they don't directly use. For instance a taxpayer without children still pays school taxes because it is believed by most that even childless taxpayers benefit from the schools. But how does a taxpayer who doesn't use 5G service benefit from it being provided at a lower than market price?

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