We have 2 million in profit to spend... we can either upgrade and expand our service offerings to our customers and get more customers and grow our business.... or we can just pay 1 million to a few politicians to tell everyone how wonderful we are and give ourselves bonuses with the other million.
There is nothing that says anyone must use a search engine. The underlying code for searching has been available for many many years - all the way back to SWISH and SWISH-E. Anyone can run their own web indexing engine, given a big enough drive farm to store the index. And with the price of drives these days, or using mega amounts of cloud storage (pun intended) - this becomes possible.
They will eventually have to make it illegal to search. And illegal to use the internet.
And the Phoenix of WWIV will rise from the ashes of the internet. Then what will they do? Outlaw modems?
We need to remove Luddites like this from our government. We have become a digital nation; our leaders MUST become digitally aware (if not savvy) - so our only recourse is to convince digital natives to step up and run - and for us to elect them soon -before these clueless ones finish ruining this country. These guys are worse than the first senators who declared they would never "dial a phone" as it was beneath their dignity (or over their heads).
$18B for 13M connections - looks like $1384.61 per drop; with they way they price it, there will be $100/month "over costs" (never say profit - they are as rare in Telco's as they are in Hollywood accounting) so they will have a total re-pay in 14 months followed by decades of massive cash flow.
Had my classmates and I had those kind of rules...
... we would have spent the day typing in every word on the list - and gotten everyone in our school doing it. Let's see them come arrest the entire student body of every school, and all their parents.