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Government Broadband Has Been a Costly, Corrupt Failure. Congress' Infrastructure Bill Calls For More.

The bipartisan infrastructure deal that's expected to pass the Senate this week would spend $65 billion on broadband projects, including more than $40 billion for largely unnecessary municipal broadband efforts.

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When Kentucky officials rolled out an ambitious plan in 2015 to build a government-owned broadband network that would span more than 3,000 miles, the price tag was estimated at $350 million.

It was a big expense, but they promised that it would bring "modern, high-capacity fiber infrastructure" to a state with some of the slowest average internet speeds in the country. Businesses, schools, and residents would benefit. And with the full power of government behind it, the KentuckyWired project would be up and running by the spring of 2016.

Four years later, an audit found that the still-incomplete project had cost taxpayers at least $1.5 billion, thanks to cost overruns, big consultant fees, and a flawed bidding process that rewarded political connections instead of prioritizing expertise—problems that opponents had warned about from the outset.

KentuckyWired is hardly alone. In just the past decade, dozens of taxpayer-funded and government-build broadband networks have been proposed in towns, cities, and states across the country. Some were scrapped before they got off the ground; others were sold at a loss to private companies when the government couldn't figure out how to make them economically viable. The ones that survive today are approaching obsolescence, thanks to the advent of 5G wireless connections and other private-sector innovations that offer competitive speeds and better prices. Government-run broadband services struggle to succeed without the private sector's profit-making pressure.

But now the feds are preparing to throw another $65 billion into the black hole that is government-run broadband. The $550 billion "bipartisan infrastructure deal" unveiled Sunday night would spend nearly twice as much on broadband as it does on mass transit ($39 billion) and close to three times as much as it directs toward airports ($25 billion).

The largest chunk of that spending—$42 billion, though the numbers could change as first the Senate and then the House debate the bill in the coming weeks—would be steered toward states that put together plans for "deploying broadband, closing the digital divide, and enhancing economic growth and job creation." These so-called "digital equity grants" would prioritize projects run by state and local governments or nonprofit organizations.

In other words, get ready for a lot more KentuckyWireds.

The Biden administration's pitch for including so much broadband spending in the infrastructure bill leans heavily on an historical parallel: the 1936 Rural Electrification Act, a Depression-era effort to run power lines to every home and farm in the country. "Broadband internet is the new electricity," reads the White House's fact sheet on the slimmed-down infrastructure package. (Biden originally proposed a $2.25 trillion plan with $100 billion for broadband.) "Yet, by one definition, more than 30 million Americans live in areas where there is no broadband infrastructure that provides minimally acceptable speeds."

Yes, internet access is critically important to how Americans work and play. So are grocery stores and car dealerships, but we don't expect the government to run those things.

Biden's claim that 30 million Americans don't have reliable internet is either outdated or just plain wrong. The Federal Communications Commission's official data say a far smaller number, about 14 million Americans living in 4.3 million households, don't have access to broadband internet speeds. And that figure has been shrinking rapidly—it fell by 20 percent during 2019 alone.

The comparison to the Rural Electrification Act is similarly out of whack. There's no compelling evidence that a giant infusion of federal cash is necessary to close the already-rapidly-closing digital divide—and, keep in mind, this is $42 billion on top of the $9 billion the Federal Communications Commission has already budgeted to spend over the next 10 years.

Instead, this $42 billion is likely to end up propping up projects that aren't necessary and wouldn't exist without the promise of federal money.

"Municipal broadband is unlikely to scale well to fit U.S. broadband needs," concluded a pair of researchers at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation in a report published in June. "If the goal is to get as many Americans online as possible, policy should prioritize efficient spending and allow for an environment where those most optimized to succeed can compete without unnecessary barriers."

The report also noted an ideological issue that could disrupt the Biden administration's plans to use government-run networks to get more Americans online. "The goal of many municipal broadband advocates is not principally getting more broadband to more areas, but rather to reduce the share of broadband that is provided by the private sector," noted Doug Brake and Alexandra Bruer, the two researchers.

Exactly. Imagine if people complained that too much of the country's grocery market was controlled by the private sector, and if Congress responded to those complaints by creating a new chain of government-run grocery stores to compete with Giant and Wegman's. That's essentially what Congress and the White House, in a bipartisan fashion, have proposed here.

"With few exceptions, government-owned networks (GONs) have been abject failures," a coalition of pro-market think tanks and advocacy organizations warned in a letter to Congress last week urging a rejection of taxpayer funding for municipal broadband.

The groups, headed by Americans for Tax Reform, pointed to the sad history of "wasteful overbuilds, corruption, and improper expenditures" on projects funded by the $4 billion Broadband Technology Opportunities Program that was part of the 2009 federal stimulus. After all the money was spent, a federal audit concluded that the program had no effect on the adoption rates of broadband internet. Now Congress is prepared to make the same mistake with 10 times as much money.

Already, there are warning signs of more broadband boondoggles to come.

On Monday, the Washington Examiner reported that $1 billion of the new broadband spending is earmarked for the Appalachian Regional Commission, an economic development partnership between the federal government and 13 states. The commission just happens to be headed by Gayle Conelly Manchin, wife of U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D–W.Va.), whose support for the infrastructure package will be critical to its passage through the Senate.

Prioritizing political favoritism over outcomes? Yep, that's what government-run broadband is all about.

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154 responses to “Government Broadband Has Been a Costly, Corrupt Failure. Congress' Infrastructure Bill Calls For More.

  1. So is that the official name of this bill? The Bi-partisan Infrastructure Bill? I see that every time it’s mentioned in the press.

    Seems Ken and some other posters were dead right.

    1. It’s the party’s talking point, of course Reason would parrot it.

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    2. It will be continued to be called that due to a narrative no matter how nonsensical the adjective bipartisan becomes.

      1. If we just change the definitions we can keep using our favorite words for anything!

    3. Where are the usual suspects that argue for govt everything? Tony, mtrueman, the lefty gang?

      I feel like they were just going on recently about how the govt should make its own turbotax because they can do it better and more streamlined. Despite all evidence that every single thing the govt does is less efficient, more expensive, and usually a crappier product.

      Im sure like California’s train fiasco, this will get memory holed for them and next time govt wants to get into another boondoggle they will blindly support it anyways.

    4. Political Spectrum Internet

  2. It hasn’t been a failure at all. Some connected people got very rich, and now they will get richer. Your problem is thinking the government is working for us.

    1. A rural North Dakota co-op has fiber available to all its customers at a pretty decent rate. They seemed to have gotten it working without corruption. Of course, these are honest people living in a civilized, high trust area.

      https://www.drtel.com/residential-services/internet/

  3. Can’t be worse than Concast.

    1. Government: “Challenge accepted”

    2. as bad as comcrap is, yes it will be much worse.

    3. Let’s be clear, they’re aspiring to be as bad as Comcast.

    4. We will never know, in order to compare govement would have to actually finish the network

    5. As bad as Comcast is, it can ALWAYS get worse. Especially when government is involved. More so with democrats in the mix.

      1. Commcast would be worse.

        1. ChiComComcast?

    6. Quality of work, Comcast is our big loser, but they’ll have finished 3 states (poorly) before Uncle Sam’s union reps finish figuring out their take from the first.

    7. As much criticism as Comcast legitimately gets, in my area, they do tend to provide reliable service that gets the job done at a price lower than their competitors. The only one I had cheaper was AT&T, but the quality of my service dropped off a cliff.

      Of course, I could switch. If the government provides it, you have zero recourse.

      1. Comcast/Xfinity isn’t unreliable in my experience, but pray you never have to call customer service.

  4. due to covid every industry disturb and mostly middle family be also so near to my mind their are some family that are now using lunchtime results
    to improve their resource.

  5. This is why is pays off in the long run to get your college kid into a fraternity or sorority. Show me a successful politician or a businessman with political connections, and I’ll show you someone who knows the Greek alphabet.

    1. Worked for Kavanaugh, right screetch?

      1. Bet the cop his ex is banging was a frat boy.

  6. We really have to hand it to the government: they have a nearly perfect record of not completing the job, in three-times the time allotted, and at four times the cost allocated.
    If Ford did that, each one of us would no-doubt all be driving around in our very own, very expensive, Model T.

    1. Well, yeah but the rich should really, ya know, like, pay more taxes and stuff anyway. Just cuz.

      Haha.

      1. +

  7. when will people learn that gov does nothing well. they screw up everything they attempt. typical democrat move — double down on stupid.

  8. Yes, internet access is critically important to how Americans work and play.

    Even my 8-yr.-old can figure out how to play without the internet.

    1. “A lot of people don’t know how to register,” Biden said in a CNN town hall. “Not everybody in the community, in the Hispanic and the African-American community, particularly in rural areas that are distant and, or inner-city districts know how to use, know how to get online to determine how to get in line for that COVID vaccination at the Walgreens.”

      1. Sounds like a failure of public education.
        Also sounds like Biden holds a very low opinion of certain groups of people. What is the word for that?

        1. Progressive

        2. Biden has been a racist fuckhead since well before his “super predators” shtick.

          1. I thought super-predators on the prowl was Hillary’s shtick. Biden’s racism is the soft bigotry of basement-level expectations for non-whites.

    2. But how is the kid going to share their playing with thousands of watchers on twitch? Watching someone ELSE play a game is more popular than playing the game anymore.

      Or has that gone from games to hot tubs these days? I’m not so savvy on “gaming” anymore.

      1. How many people watch pro sports as opposed to playing them? Watching as opposed to doing has always been more popular because most people are lazy

      2. I will actually defend lets-plays.
        First, you have console exclusives. If you want to see how God of War ends, but don’t have a Playstation, Youtube is useful.
        Second, there are sports. We have a long history of watching people play games with balls. Watching people play games with keyboards is no different. Whether it’s a competition, an absurd challenge, or genuinely watching your friends play a game, then this is a viable.
        Third, a number of lets-players are entertainment in their own right in their reaction, review, and commentary. It’s on the same premise as Mystery-Science-Theater-3000.

        1. I’d add that gaming has always had spectators. Watch some guy run an arcade game like Mortal Kombat back in the day was always fun to watch and maybe you learn something to use when you play.

        2. Agreed. Sometimes a Let’s Play can help you decide whether to buy because game trailers are worthless except for generating hype and making you ashamed of your graphics card. As entertainment, it’s less about the game itself and more about the personality and running monologue of the LPer. The most hilariously bad games can turn out the greatest Let’s Plays.

          1. I would add a very big 3rd issue. The shows are, for now anyway, widely varied, topical to the game in question, and generally unscripted/irreverent (read apolitical). There is no debate over why the main character is a man when it should be a woman, 5 episodes a season about how Patty Bouvier is gay and everyone supports her for it, or even BLM jerseys and kneeling for the national anthem. It’s just pure pixels/block people and the random thoughts about pixels/block people that pop into the host’s head. AFAICT, a pre-scripted message, especially a political one, would ruin the atmosphere as much as being in the middle of playing a game and having someone come in to lecture you about gender-based pay or the immigration crisis. Worse than being lectured to between batters or during a time out watching pro sports.

            Most of the political messaging even in ‘balanced’ or well-messaged shows goes right over my 8-yr.-old’s head. But he’ll sit and (mostly) watch a baseball game in-person or watch let’s play channels because it’s relatively void of any such preaching.

  9. GDP Growth Under Trump Was the Worst Since Hoover

    OK, maybe that GDP obsession didn’t work out so well for Trump. The chart starts with Dwight Eisenhower because his was the first presidency for which the BEA has full quarterly GDP data. Annual GDP numbers go back to 1929, and if you measure from Herbert Hoover’s first year in office (1929) to the year he left (1933), annualized growth was negative 7.4 percent. So Trump did a lot better than that! But his was the worst GDP performance since then (measured the same way as with Hoover, annualized GDP growth was 9.1% under Franklin Roosevelt and 1.8% under Harry Truman).

    This does seem a bit unfair, given the pandemic and all. Trump didn’t always rise to the challenges posed by Covid-19, but thanks in part to legislation he signed and a vaccine-development program his administration put in motion, the U.S. economy has experienced one of the world’s quicker recoveries. Lots of other presidents have suffered economic setbacks due to events outside their control, of course, and you can’t just ignore a quarter or two because they were affected by bad economic luck. But there is something to be said for trying some other ways of measuring growth during his term.

    https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2021-08-02/trump-s-gdp-growth-was-the-worst-since-the-great-depression

    LAMESTREAM MEDIA! NOT FAIR! NOT FAIR!! TOO MANY FACTS!!

    1. Living in the past

      1. He is a biden cultist struggling to find anything to prop up Biden.

        1. Trump is the one with a populist personality cult. Biden doesn’t even have fans.

    2. ^ Another post by Impostor Buttplug. Here’s how I spotted the fake. The article contains these figures:

      Ike 2.4
      JFK 5.5
      LBJ 5.2
      Nixon 2.5
      Ford 3.1
      Carter 3.4
      Reagan 3.4
      Clinton 3.7
      Obama 2.1

      Note how pathetic this makes Obama look. Then recall that Real Buttplug spent years raving about the Obama economy, constantly describing it as the best in US history.

      Now ask yourself this question: Is there any way Real Buttplug would be stupid and sloppy enough to volunteer information that’s so devastating to a narrative he’d been pushing for years? Of course not. That would be the most humiliating own-goal in the history of Reason.com.

      The only explanation is that this post was written by the Impostor.

      #StopSmearingButtplug
      #StopPostingFakeNumbersThatMakeObamaLookPathetic

      1. PS — Even if you scroll down and examine the other graphs Obama still looks terrible. “Time-shifted” growth? Obama still sucks. “Annualized real growth”? 1-termer Jimmy Carter allegedly beat him again. “Per capita growth”? Sub-Carter numbers once more.

        Yeah, there is literally no way somebody who raved about the Obama economy for years would be so lacking in self-awareness that he’d actually go out of his way to publicize this (dubious) info.

        1. Mask slipping. I like it.

      2. Nice.

      3. You forgot Trump’s dismal 1.6%

        1. turd lies. It’s what he does. When he references numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
          turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
          turd lies. It’s what he does.

        2. That’s not the point, Impostor Buttplug. Obviously Drumpf’s economy was the worst ever. He was a 3-decade Russian intelligence asset sabotaging the economy on Putin’s orders.

          The point is that Real Buttplug would find a way to make this case without relying on statistics that totally contradict everything he said for years about the Obama economy being the best in US history.

          #ItsNotHardToBeInternallyConsistent
          #IKnowRealButtplugCanDoIt

          1. On a roll.

      4. Is there any way Real Buttplug would be stupid and sloppy enough to volunteer information that’s so devastating to a narrative he’d been pushing for years?

        Yes lots. This is just one of many ways. More examples to follow.

    3. Are you still peddling this lie? Go back to your kiddie porn, you pederast faggot.

    4. turd lies. It’s what he does. When he referencess numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
      turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
      turd lies. It’s what he does.

    5. Blue states ordering tens of millions to stay at home instead of work actually had an effect on the economy. Amazing.

      1. It’s crazy how that works right?

    6. The harder you try the sadder it appears. Bad orange man is gone now, you can come back out.

  10. Private broadband is a costly corrupt failure also. The US pays much higher prices for far slower service then many other countries. Also public broadband has worked quite well if done on a small, local scale.

    1. Give examples for

    2. I bet they have “free” healthcare, too.

    3. That’s not true. Among OECD countries, the US Price per Megabit is in about the middle of the pack, with some of the highest speeds available among the same OECD countries. Also, there are countries in that list with much cheaper internet, but also have much lower standards of living/income rates. Meaning that $60/mo in the use is a lower burden to the consumer than $40/mo is in Latvia (for example).

      If we just compare European countries, the US (in flat dollars/mo) is the most expensive. But again, price/mb is around the middle of the pack. You pay more, but get more.

      Plust you have to throw in all the things that cause the averages to get distorted, such as the vast rural areas of America where broadband is incredibly expensive per-mile of copper/fiber.

      1. I wonder if the plan is to hand out government-issued gateways to take advantage of these “minimally acceptable” gigabit speeds. Bottlenecking is systemically racist.

      2. Plust you have to throw in all the things that cause the averages to get distorted, such as the vast rural areas of America where broadband is incredibly expensive per-mile of copper/fiber.

        To his point, though, bringing broadband to every last sq. mi. of land in America is expensive to the point of retardation and enhances the suggestion that there’s something afoot when private corporations promise to do it “for free”.

    4. Cool story bro. You got anymore progtard fairy tails you want to tell us?

      1. Shouldn’t you be at a Neo-Nazi meeting?

        1. urd lies. It’s what he does. When he referencess numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
          turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
          turd lies. It’s what he does.

        2. Shouldn’t you be in prison for your crimes?

        3. No, I’m anti-socialist. The real question is how you find the time to come here with your busy schedule of NAMBLA meetings.

          You’re a kiddie porn peddling child rapist. Address THAT.

    5. “Private broadband is a costly corrupt failure also…”

      You’re full of shit.

      1. They all got their EBT card recharged yesterday so they are feeling their oats.

    6. “public broadband has worked quite well if done on a small, local scale”

      So does any kid making mudpies in the backyard.

      Now try making millions.

      1. He may be referring to a LAN party at a library he hooks up 4 computers and thy all play Diablo together. That is a great small area network

    7. The fuck? Private broadband is a failure?

      I never knew. I guess my smoke signals have a good carrier. I just wave my blanket next to the fire in binary whenever I need one of them sophistimacated city folks to copy a document for my business.

  11. Yes, internet access is critically important to how Americans work and play. So are grocery stores and car dealerships, but we don’t expect the government to run those things.

    “Hey! Speak for yourself!”

    1. We probably should stop giving them ideas.

  12. Matt Damon: bigot.

    Is it possible for the Woke Purge to collide with a Celebrity Social Justice Warrior and lose?

    Place your bets!

    1. My money says that, if Coonman can make it, Damon can!

    2. was using homophobic slur f****t

      Frumpet? Frignut? Fibult? Forgot? Fishnet?

      1. Cigarette in British.

      2. Oh, crap no. It’s something you throw on a campfire. In British.

        1. Whenever I go camping I end up walking around the woods gathering them. With as many people who are willing to help. They’re everywhere if you look.

          1. It’s also a good opportunity to look for wild mushrooms.

            The tasty ones go into dinner and the others are saved for….

            Shroomios! Put some va va voom into your morning!

            “Snap crackle and wow man!”

    3. I’m a liberal and I use the word “faggot” a lot.

      Even here I use the term “Christ-fag” to describe the weird guys who profess love to a long dead Jew. That is fucking weird, I’m sorry. They are like Trump cultists.

      1. It probably also comes up when you’re raping young boys, or watching child pornography, like what you linked here some time ago.

        1. What did you do with your homo love-pal, Lord of the Shitheads?

          He hasn’t been here recently. Did you cut him up into little pieces and eat him?

          1. turd lies. It’s what he does. When he references numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
            turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
            turd lies. It’s what he does.

          2. What does my previous incarnation have to do with you being a pedophile? Quit deflecting. You posted child porn here. That is not in dispute.

            Address your pedophilia.

        1. Don’t be a dumbass. I am a real atheist capitalist.

          There are lots of us. Just not on this conservative board filled with white trash Trumpists.

          1. turd lies. He never does otherwise and he’s entirely too stupid to even understand that he is lying. In fact, his constant lying is but a symptom of his abysmal stupidity.
            But turd lies; it’s what turd does.

          2. You can troll as an atheist capitalist.

            1. How so?

              I know that I upset conservatives but that is my duty as an Ayn Rand follower.

              I am not “trolling” since this is my domain and has been since I first posted in 2007.

              1. What do you think a troll is?

                1. I am only a “troll” if this is a conservative site.

                  I despise conservatives as much as I do progressives.

                  I fight for classic liberals only.

                  1. turd lies. It’s what he does. When he references numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
                    turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
                    turd lies. It’s what he does.

                  2. You fight for Jared’s buttplug.

                  3. Ayn Rand was a totally original thinker according to her and her “atheist capitalist” worshipers, so the classical liberals and Nietzsche must have plagiarized her work.

              2. You’re not an objectivist. Your a dem-fag.

      2. urd lies. It’s what he does. When he referencess numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
        turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
        turd lies. It’s what he does.

      3. You and Jarred.

      4. Hahahaha. Christ you’re an asshole.

      5. You’re a leftist, not a liberal. Liberals actually recognize whats in front of them, rather than desperately scrambling for partisan excuses to keep believing as they wish.

  13. What’s up, Peanuts?

    How is that Arizona recount going?

    Looks like a total clusterfuck to me. But I only read lamestreams like Wall St Journal and Bloomberg.

    What does Wingnut.com say?

    1. I believe a lot of lying by the Maricopa county board of supervisors:

      “Specifically, providing these routers puts sensitive, confidential data belonging to Maricopa County citizens — including Social Security numbers and protected health information — at risk.

      That is a lie. As a 30 year veteran of Network engineering, that is a lie. Total. Lie.

      1. Were they Cisco or Juniper routers?

        1. Doesn’t matter. Your network routers don’t contain social security numbers or PHI. Period. Debate finished. Finito. Es todo. No mas. El Fin.

          If even if you managed to stick that information into the router, you’re a fucking retard who should never be let near any networking gear ever again. Lying liars.

          1. You don’t have to be a network engineer. You simply have to know what a router is and does. The typical gamer or office manager would read that and think, “Wait, what?”

        1. Lol. So you blindly support the liberal county who has much to lose in the audit? They’ve consistently lied at every step. They are still in violation of court orders and may be brought up on contempt.

          1. It’s all about supporting the democrat narrative for him, at all costs. That, and raping young boys. He loves raping children.

            1. No, you gay-fag. It is about making fun of the idiots who proclaimed FRAUD! without a shred of evidence.

              1. So how does that have anything to do with posting kiddie porn links here? YOU did that.

          2. Of course he does. Because he’s a dem-fag shill.

        2. urd lies. It’s what he does. When he referencess numbers, they are either outright lies or cherry-picked in the hopes of making turds lies believable.
          turd every time he posts here, such as this one.
          turd lies. It’s what he does.

    2. Link the WSJ piece. Because they’ve identified miscounts, illegal voters, records of recorded tallies not matching ballots in box, etc. It helps to actually look at the evidence and not biden press releases. Report due in a month.

    3. If there’s nothing to hide, why are they fighting it so hard? We’ve had recounts for the last few presidents almost as a tradition.

      Why is the left so scared now if there was no cheating? Simple fix here for everyone to restore confidence in the vote.

  14. “deploying broadband, closing the digital divide, and enhancing economic growth and job creation.”

    See, right there in the bill itself! Create more union government jobs. Period.

  15. When Kentucky officials rolled out an ambitious plan in 2015 to build a government-owned broadband network that would span more than 3,000 miles, the price tag was estimated at $350 million.

    … the KentuckyWired project would be up and running by the spring of 2016.

    You serious?

  16. Yes, internet access is critically important to how Americans work and play. So are grocery stores and car dealerships, but we don’t expect the government to run those things.

    Well, we don’t, but I’m not convinced everyone else shares that sentiment.

  17. Prioritizing political favoritism over outcomes? Yep, that’s what government-run broadband is all about.

    FTFY.

  18. Oh my gawd, Senator Lindy Graham has the vapors!

    Sen. Lindsey Graham tests positive for COVID-19

    https://www.foxnews.com/politics/sen-lindsey-graham-tests-positive-covid-despite-vaccinated

    1. turd lies. It’s what he does. It’s all he does; he’s too stupid to understand that the rest of us have the mental ability to separate his bullshit from the truth.
      turd lies; it’s what he does.

      1. Quit shit-posting Sevo. All you do is copy and paste. Fuck you.

        ‘1971’ on Apple TV is outstanding! highly recc’ed!

        1. Hey give Sevo a break. He’s so senile he can’t remember that he already posted it 100 times.

          1. Asshole flag

          2. So now you’re buddies with a proven pedophile? Sounds about right.

        2. turd lies. It’s all turd does. If turd posts numbers they are outright lies or so distorted as to be worthless.
          turd is a fucking lefty shit who false-flags his entire existence. Further, turd is so stupid as to both not realize he lies and hope that others don’t realize is also.
          turd lies; it what he does.
          And copy/paste posts are more than appropriate for fucking lefty ignoramus liars. Get fucked with a rusty chainsaw, pathetic pile of lefty shit.

    2. You really miss Trump I see… Rent free!

  19. Instead of looking at the REA of the ’30’s, look back to the cable TV roll-out of the ’80’s. So many places corruptly or stupidly thought it made sense to grant a franchise to a single company because it would be so much more efficient to have a single provider rather than multiple companies competing for the same customers. In return for having a monopoly in the county, they promised to wire the entire county for cable TV service. Once they cabled the more densely populated – the more lucrative – areas of the county, they complained about the cost and inefficiency of cabling the sparsely populated areas and weaseled out of their contracts.

    The whole aggravating thing about this is that you can plainly see the effects of having a dozen different places to buy groceries, do these people seriously believe if Kroger were the only place allowed to sell groceries that groceries would be cheaper, service would be better, selection would be greater? No! It’s the goddamn threat of competition that keeps grocery stores on their toes offering the lowest prices, the best service, the widest selection, the best shopping experience. What the hell is government going to offer when there’s no profit motive driving them to give a shit about the customer?

    1. Even in places where they actually wired the rural areas, we had absolute garbage for service. 5 channels and consistently slow technology adoption. To this day, you can get your basic cable to our old rural house (in a rural subdivision with ~300x 3acre lots) but you STILL cannot get cable internet access.

  20. Partisan: 50% of the bad things.
    Bipartisan: 100% of the bad things.

    1. ^ This. People who value bipartisanship as an end in itself just need to be honest and come out in favor of a one-party state.

  21. Just a biannual omnibus bill. Expect one of these every year.

  22. What’s up Peanuts?

    Like usual I am staking out the capitalist- secularist lane here at H&R.

    Ayn Rand forever!

    1. You might be staking out a school. I’d believe that of you.

      1. No he’s not.

        It’s summer, and school is out.. He’s staking out playgrounds.

    2. turd lies. It’s all turd does. If turd posts numbers they are outright lies or so distorted as to be worthless.
      turd is a fucking lefty shit who false-flags his entire existence. Further, turd is so stupid as to both not realize he lies and hope that others don’t realize is also.
      turd lies; it what he does,

    3. You love capitalism so much you shill for every Democrat regulation and anti-capitalist/anti-free market policy. Get fucked dem-fag.

    4. Bullshit.

  23. That day the Nazi-Corp took over the USA government and started the largest corporate monopoly ever seen. A corporation SOOO big it uses Gov-Gun-Forces to get customers.

    1. …. A Democrat Controlled USA is different than an Al Capone Gang how?

      1. Same as ones controlled by Bugsy Siegel, Luciano, the Crips, Latin Kings, or Vice Lords differ. They do not care who is in power.

  24. There is no one the libertarian hates more than the rural conservative voter.

    As soon as the neolibs welcomed the neocons into their big cities on a shared premise of big government the “libertarians” began to demand we let the rural conservative die in their trailer because their poor ass might take too long to pay the bill for an ambulance or hospital.

    1. Ironically; City traffic jams in CA hold up emergency services far better than a few more miles of open country and many trained emergency personnel are already onsite because they work part-time as ‘reserve’. Which is ALL done at the County level.

      But don’t let *reality* get in the way of your B.S. story-line.

  25. Biggest damn waste of money. They screwed it up in the 90s and plan to screw it up again.

    Break up the cartel where they don’t compete on each other’s turf and do last mile unbundling. Watch the free market explode after that. No matter what they shouldn’t be getting a dime of taxpayer money.

  26. Four years later, an audit found that the still-incomplete project had cost taxpayers at least $1.5 billion, thanks to cost overruns, big consultant fees.

    https://www.ecash6.com

  27. We must spend many more billions to buy advanced technology services for people who are too uneducated and poor to be able to get and use an ID to vote. /sarc

    And oh, by the way, Spacex just signed up it’s 90,000th Starlink customer. 150MB down, 20MB up, $99 a month. By the time the federal government even cuts the first check, Starlink will have rendered the technology obsolete.

  28. There are some areas of the country that are greatly benefiting from government expenditures in rural broadband. This report feels one sided. I am searching for retirement property in rural America in several states and each one has fiber to the home due to government incentives.

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