China Blocking RSS Feeds

Both Boing Boing and TechCrunch have stories up this morning about how the mainland Chinese government is now attempting to block all RSS feeds.  This seems like a very short-sighted effort on the part of the Chinese Government. Knowledge is generally a good thing, unless you have something to hide.

According to TechCrunch, the number of broadband users in China will surpass the United States in the next 12-18 months. Of course that is not as impressive as it might sound, given the sorry state of broadband in the United States, due to lack of competition.

Here in Denver, about the only viable choice I have for broadband is Comcast, which offers 6Mbps service for $52/month (or $42/month if you pay for their over-priced cable TV service). My other alternative would be Qwest DSL service, which is even slower.

It’s pretty sad than we are rapidly falling behind many other countries (such as Japan and South Korea) in the speed and price of broadband service.

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