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Hundreds of Bronx NYCHA residents get
free wi-fi, $11 laptops — and program
is expanding

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Posted By: Ribicon, 11/29/2021 8:46:04 PM

The Bronx, N.Y.—Hundreds of Bronx families signed up for free internet access and $11 laptops on Monday as part of a new federal program. More than 1,200 families at the Melrose Houses will have affordable internet access thanks to the Emergency Broadband Benefit program. The families lined up in the basketball courts on Courtland Avenue to sign up.(Snip)The program was made possible through Congress, which set aside $3.2 billion to the Federal Communications Commission to help low-income households pay for broadband and internet- connected devices. “Over 1,200 families can get free access to the internet. At first, then affordable after that.


Free is very affordable. Americans pay the highest internet and telephone bills in the world in exchange for third world service, and atop that we provide free Dubyaphones (called Obamaphones in The Community and La Communidad) and broadband and freeish laptops to The Underserved, while at the same time being excoriated for our privilege. Where does the forced generosity end?

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Reply 1 - Posted by: downnout 11/29/2021 8:52:47 PM (No. 992378)
Things like this make me wonder why I worked hard and saved money….
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Reply 2 - Posted by: itsonlyme 11/29/2021 9:03:47 PM (No. 992381)
Eyee wysh eyee knuw houw tu konect mye husseinfone Annee fre karz? Eyee luk goud inne ay Korevet!
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Reply 3 - Posted by: greyseal 11/29/2021 9:04:43 PM (No. 992382)
Indeed, #1. My mother always pointed out that government "freebies" were never free, be it welfare, or anything else such as this. If you didn't earn it, you'll never appreciate it. It galls me that my tax dollars are going to programs like this, but on the other hand, I'd rather pay what I pay for the services and products I use with the proceeds of my own labor. That's how I honor my mother's teachings... greyseal
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Reply 4 - Posted by: Omen55 11/29/2021 9:09:21 PM (No. 992386)
Just imagine the crimes they can commit now.
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Reply 5 - Posted by: DVC 11/29/2021 9:22:25 PM (No. 992401)
They'll sell the computers in a day or two.
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Reply 6 - Posted by: Amanoftwistsandturns 11/29/2021 9:33:54 PM (No. 992408)
Will come in very handy for organizing smash and grabs.
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Reply 7 - Posted by: hershey 11/29/2021 9:37:36 PM (No. 992413)
Sounds just like an expansion of the Øbamaphone...and you can't even return them when someone who has one dies...
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Reply 8 - Posted by: Son of Grady 11/29/2021 10:11:27 PM (No. 992433)
Lets just stop the idea that we should get along. They hate us. We're suckers if we keep playin this game ( for another 50 years).
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Reply 9 - Posted by: padiva 11/29/2021 10:39:10 PM (No. 992455)
How many parents/etc will sell the stuff in the next week for drugs, tattoos, or booze?
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Reply 10 - Posted by: Strike3 11/29/2021 10:39:39 PM (No. 992457)
Most of those kids probably have high-end Apples already, courtesy of their local stripped-out department store.
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Reply 11 - Posted by: Venturer 11/29/2021 11:17:20 PM (No. 992475)
I need some help with my internet bill, they are about to run me out of the internet with their outrageous prices.
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Reply 12 - Posted by: Newtsche 11/29/2021 11:29:33 PM (No. 992485)
Immediate gratification and no impulse control, building the future.
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Reply 13 - Posted by: Surroundedbyblue 11/30/2021 1:46:32 AM (No. 992536)
The laptops will be showing upon eBay and Craigslist for $75.
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Reply 14 - Posted by: mifla 11/30/2021 2:53:59 AM (No. 992550)
Anyone know how long the list of "free" stuff is getting to be?
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Reply 15 - Posted by: Trigger2 11/30/2021 4:52:42 AM (No. 992585)
So that's where all the wasteful spending is going to. Leave it to demonrats to waste taxpayer money left and right. These so-called welfare recipients are making out big. I bet their welfare "income" exceeds that of workers by now.
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Reply 16 - Posted by: CivilServant 11/30/2021 9:17:00 AM (No. 992761)
Amazing economists, the Democrats. Used to cost them housing and food, and now they can purchase their slaves with a phone and lousy broadband. Sad people do not realize the cost of free stuff. I guess if you care not a whit about dignity, then one can sell it cheaply.
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Reply 17 - Posted by: heartsurgeon 11/30/2021 12:16:11 PM (No. 992951)
Do not assume internet access is a net positive for "low income" households As far as childhood academic accomplishment, IT'S THE EXACT OPPOSITE! Academic study from Duke University: "North Carolina public school students...introduction of home computer technology is associated with modest but statistically significant and persistent negative impacts on student math and reading test scores. Further evidence suggests that providing universal access to home computers and high‐speed internet access would broaden, rather than narrow, math and reading achievement gaps" The road to hell is paved with good intentions...
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Reply 18 - Posted by: MickTurn 11/30/2021 1:54:05 PM (No. 993033)
I be poor and have a really good tan, can I participate?
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Reply 19 - Posted by: BigGeorgeTX 11/30/2021 7:37:39 PM (No. 993204)
Considering that Web porn sites are one of the primary destinations for those surfing the Web, I'm sure this is greatly appreciated by the Democrat's base.
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