Rolli James, Chicago, America discussed on Extension 720 with Justin Kaufmann

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On the magnificence. Don't leave me. 1958. BJ. No, It didn't chart, Of course not named for the magnificent Montague. Their big hit, of course upon a mountain But don't leave me, which came out a couple years later was just terrific. Chicago do up. I'm Rolli James. It's wg in radio. You can join us at 8888765593 Next hour. We've got open lines, all our but right now we are talking with Dr Joseph Schofer, and he's a professor of civil and environmental engineering, an associate dean of the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern and he's got a great podcast, which you should absolutely check out. If this interests you even one wit and that's the infrastructure show dot com and no, it should because infrastructure impacts you in pretty much every facet of your life. And you know, we've been laughing about comedians who say that back at the 1964 world's fair we were told we'd have flying cars by 2020. Now we're learning how to wash our hands. And to a degree. We didn't get nearly a ce Faras. We thought we we would did way doctor chauffeur. Wait, didn't and I've done some historical research on flying cars, and I couldn't take flying cars back to the days of Glenn Curtiss, who? Nobody alive now remember, but From the 19 tens in 19 twenties, and there've been dozens of attempts and nothing has worked out. But I don't think you're more than five years away from seeing some kind of flying. Transportation vehicle that's designed for for for short trips. I don't particularly think that's a grand idea, but people are working very hard and very competitively to do that. It's possible that the technology Uh, to make a work is his closest hand and I think a big part of that is sometimes keep the driver away from the controls and automated to make sure that these vehicles don't run into each other. But I think it's gonna happen. Wow. Now, what about mag lives? Full mag Lev is a ground technology. It has the capability to move ground vehicle at very high speeds and so expensive so this would be for a train or something that we would call a train. It's moved along. Bye bye, magnetism and its levitated by magnet magnetism. That is it. It's lifted off the rail so that the friction between the vehicle and the and the guideway goes essentially zero, so it takes much less energy to move. There are a few examples around the world will have happened here. I know people are talking about Mag Lev for riel here in the United States is a lot of interesting technology ideas. Advanced passenger rail. Personally, I'm not very optimistic about it for a variety of reasons, and a big part of that is that the airline industry At least you used to have a very strong dominance in the market place and they're not gonna be easily displaced. No, they're not. And, of course cost too something I never factored. But, you know, give me a Chicago winter. If there's not enough salt on the roads, I'm yelling. Give me maglev. So I guess you could do that. But we also have the CD and that's going to carry you metre will take care of a lot of people. In the winter. And and that's a reason to look at what's happening to mass transit now where they've lost the prop different properties of lost 70 80 90% of the market. And there's an important financial question as to whether or not they'll be able to survive. And this is important health questions whether or not people being willing to ride them that that absolutely truer today. You know if this were a year ago, I'd say what health issue But you're 100% right about that before I get into broadband. James in Chicago wants to get in on the act. So welcome to WG and Radio James. Hello. Okay. You have a date show anyway, Kate of that when you mentioned about about the landlines, I'd like, okay, but I inherited my parents landlines, and I've considered a lot more reliable than myself. Fall. Yeah. On, so I just I said, Okay. Why should I give up my on another thing? I think this was a year ago. Maybe two years ago, Probably 18 T here will not try to pretty much tried to get out. So they said, Why should we have to continue to maintain landlocked? You tried to go through legislation do that They didn't succeed. But they say they won't keep trying, especially as the older generation I'll pass designed the younger one state. They don't need it. And they think Holiday guide who is there to the bar their cell phone. Have, like, OK the boy's feet. So from this to take the cell phone use in case there's a lot of each other, sometimes contact. I Okay? Has had two buses here. It so I'm like thinking. Why would I want OK? Why give up my regular rent? Give up the land line. No, thanks Out is the landline. Tio basically passed from this. All right, James. Thank you for waiting in and thank you for calling. You have a nice day. You too. Of course, Behind James's comments is is the infrastructure And you know when we talk about telephones, whether its cellular or more important going to VoIP we're talking about needing great broadband infrastructure. And at this point America overall, we don't have it. I really don't. And there isn't a public policy that ensures that that we have. And yet the society and technology have changed so substantially that for a lot of functions of daily life, and certainly for functions of business. We're absolutely dependent on broadband capacity. So when when we set Children home from school Because of Kovar, 19 There were substantial numbers of Children that didn't lived in households where they didn't have and still don't have a strong broadband capacity really cuts him out of the out of the educational process. If you turn that around and say, Well, it's everybody really has fight quality. Broadband capacity. Then the cost of the intellectual cost of staying at home is substantially reduced. It isn't backto to zero, but if it makes things much better, absolutely. And I was hoping if there was a silver lining in this pandemic that it would really highlight the sorry state of broadband in America. And so far, you're seeing school district's that air, you know, putting out hot spots and doing things cellular early were, you know things were pretty bad in rural areas, but I haven't yet been hearing a real hue and cry about it. You know, we just don't have acceptable broadband. And to me one of the worst things is people will. And of course, do the advertisements will crow about their their downstream? Well, you know, I got a gigabit connection Eyes again. You got 10 megs up. And the asymmetrical nature of it in most places, and then you have the FCC that finally went from 4 to 25 megs calling that broadband and that's that's on the downstream and it's just sickening to me. To see where we are compared to what used to be behind the Iron Curtain and what Poland and Romania have, because they had to build it out from scratch. We're we're not moving along in this director. One of the advantages that they had was that they could build from scratch. But we had an existing infrastructure that was reasonably strong and we weren't willing or able to walk away from that. So if you would look at Countries in Africa. The cell phone is really completely dominate the market because they never had the infrastructure for wired phones on DH. They had to make that work. No, it's I think access to cell phones is on the one hand essential and cell phones and broadband are essential and att the same time they're certainly not equitably. Distributed. So what I do know from people in my family that school district in money cities around the country ended up having to purchase and give Lots of computers. Two kids didn't have them in their house. And then they didn't work because the broadband wasn't there. Absolutely. And that's why we've seen especially in rural areas them doing partnerships where they're creating hot spots, and they're you know they're handing that out, too. Two people, but you look a rural America and for years the demise of this small town is well known. And what really drives me crazy is when you'll see the 20 year plans from these little birds that no one can find on a map. The word broadband isn't even in there. And without that technology, thes places air truly going to die. Well. They heard some stories about towns that have pulled their resources to build their own network and the private companies have coming and and bought lobbyists to pay for legislation to block that, because we hear that the municipality was competing with the private sector, but the private sector wooden in response But we will build it. They said. No, we won't build it, but we will let you build it either. So there's something wrong in the regulatory system there that prevents people from it. If you were taking care of themselves when they have a problem like that, absolutely. And I'll tell you how broadband crazy I am. When Chattanooga became the gig City I was living in Utah at the time. I said it really. I could get a gig symmetrical for 250 bucks a month. I'm moving. And I did. I moved to Chattanooga N'Gotty PB and I lived through the wars and you're right. EPB for people who don't know is the power company. It's owned by the City channel. And because it was all a smart grid that they had done fiber to the house to every house..

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