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Recently it came to my attention that the soldiers serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom are having to pay for their Internet while away from their families. This upsets me that the government does not fund this and allow the soldiers FREE Internet because:

1. Most military families cannot afford to pay for TWO Internet connections a month (one for their home and the other for the soldier who is deployed). According to the soldiers it is $50/month for their connection.

2. The Internet allows the families to communicate more effectively via chat, web cam, instant messenger, and even VOIP (voice over IP, ie. Yahoo phone). This type of communication is MUCH cheaper than phone calls and allows a greater form of personalized contact to the families.

3. Calling cards are good, but there is still a limit on the cards and the time differences are so offset that the soldiers sometimes do not get to speak with their children. Lines can also get long at the pay phones.



Allowing a greater means of communication for the soldiers and their families provide a little less stress on the families and giving FREE Internet to the Soldiers is something that should not even be an issue. These soldiers should not have to pay for communication to their family!

As a technology guru and previous IT Administrator, it boggles me as to why this issue is overlooked by the government. This isn't WWII, we have the technology and it needs to be utilized without any restraints to the soldiers and their families. If the government wants to block content or monitor what they are accessing, that is fine, by all means go for it, civilian businesses have to do that with their employees all the time, but you don't see employees paying for their Internet access at work, why are the military soldiers? And don't tell me "its because a civilian contractor provides the service and they are accessing it from their dorms" because truthfully, these soldiers ARE NOT ON FREE TIME, they don't go "home", they are over there because they MUST be over there, thus means they are WORKING even if they are sleeping! Even civilian businesses pay for their employees' cell phones, travel, and internet connections when an employee must travel for business!

All in all, anyone who agrees with me, please feel free to make a comment and let's get a petition out there to our government that these soldiers must be better taken care of, INCLUDING the technology provided at NO COST TO THEM, when they are at war!

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