SubscriptionsGo to the Subscriptions Centre to manage your:My ProfileThe government of Spain is making broadband internet access a universal right, forcing telecommunications companies to provide speeds of at least one megabit per second to all citizens by 2011.Telecom companies that are part of Spain’s “universal service” system will have to make broadband available at a “reasonable” price to everyone, including people living in rural parts of the country where it would normally be expensive to do so, Industry Minister Miguel Sebastian said in a statement on Tuesday.The universal service system currently mandates that all citizens have access to fixed phone service, directory assistance, the internet via telephone line, and phone booths. Spain’s telecommunications regulator calculates the cost of providing those universal services and then splits it among the country’s providers, including Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange.Earlier this month, the regulator announced the total cost of universal service for 2006 was about 75 million euros, with Telefonica on the hook for about 71 per cent. The total cost will go up once broadband is added to the list of services.Spain’s move comes a month after Finland enacted the same rights.
It doesn’t change the fact that we’re generally parasites, but at least we’re trying to be the toxoplasmosis over the tapeworm.Universe hates Higgs boson, Chicago CubsBy John Bowman, CBCNews. A physicist working on the Large Hadron Collider doesn’t think much of the theory that the universe is sabotaging the project to prevent the discovery of the Higgs boson. Might as well say that Nature hates.
I be interested to know exactly what sort of communities are raising these children to believe that there are differences between skin color and to believe that any one is less than the other. I also like to know why these kids are AFRAID of being friends with someone who doesn look like them. I know my generation will do a better job of raising openminded and openhearted children who don discriminate on such superficial terms..
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