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Tuesday, May 18, 2021

The Biden administration's broadband plan read like a dream come true to Donnel Baird. The $2 trillion American Jobs Plan, introduced in late March, had a whopping $100 billion for broadband infrastructure baked in -- and a promise to give that money first and foremost to affordable local networks owned by municipalities and co-ops.

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ISPs claim broadband prices aren't too high"Biden admin isn't buying it
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The battle is afoot....

#1 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-05-17 10:54 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

It's a lovely way to dress up a massive handout to Comcast and AT&T after they spent their tax cuts on stock buybacks and halved their infrastructure investments. Why should they pay anyways? We'll just give it to them.

#2 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-18 08:17 AM | Reply

There were people who objected to public schools, they were proven completely wrong. This is the same argument, providing access to information should be one of the primary functions of our government. Those who believe only the well off should have access to information are really determined to suppress information because it affects their profit margin. That is all they care about.

#3 | Posted by danni at 2021-05-18 10:43 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's a lovely way to dress up a massive handout to Comcast and AT&T ...

Not really. The small town I grew up in grew frustrated because the big ISPs would not offer the broadband that they needed in order to implement their economic growth plan. What did the town do? They built out and administered their own fiber network and assessed each homeowner a small amount to pay for it thus cutting out the big ISPs.

#4 | Posted by FedUpWithPols at 2021-05-18 03:02 PM | Reply

Back in the '90s a small town in Southeastern PA contacted my boss about the possibility of wiring the town for internet access by themselves (my boss was working with some folks to set up cable TV and high-speed internet to apartments in complexes, using the existing phone lines) The town was threatened with a tidal wave of lawsuits by Comcast and several other ISP's if they even THOUGHT about doing any such thing.

#5 | Posted by Rincewind at 2021-05-18 04:19 PM | Reply

Cable TV only exists because operators were granted exclusive franchise areas.
So it's not really surprising that Cable TV wants the government goose to keep laying golden eggs.
And it's not really surprising that small town governments are completely cowed by huge corporations.

This is what Republicans want when they say they want small government. They want a government that bows down before big business.

#6 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-18 04:25 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

because the big ISPs

#4 | POSTED BY FEDUPWITHPOLS AT 2021-05-18 03:02 PM | FLAG:

Did my time at ISPs. LEC, ILEC, had to almost live in a data center as a young man. Your little ISP routes through a lobbyist driven conglomerate that the bulk of infrastructure funding will go to. The lobbyists are on it.

#7 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-18 08:39 PM | Reply

I do not think Biden is paying attention to what Elon Musk is doing. He should google, "Starlink" and ponder the more than 1,400 satellites Musk has already put into orbit. Let private industry take the risk. If it fails, it is no cost to the taxpayer. If it succeeds, (as it obviously is) then great!

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-05-18 10:02 PM | Reply

As a liberal, I voted for Biden, but sometimes I just have to sit back and say, "WTF?" He is just now figuring out that cable is "in for a fight"? Damn. That has been a given for years.

#9 | Posted by jakester at 2021-05-18 10:04 PM | Reply

I understand that old people like Biden and me are not the most tech savvy people on the planet. But as president of the US, shouldn't he be consulting people who are so that he doesn't embarrass himself with proclamations like, "Cable is in for a fight"? I cringed when I read that.

#10 | Posted by jakester at 2021-05-18 10:09 PM | Reply

I don't think he means cord-cutting. Is that what you're referring to?

#11 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-05-18 10:11 PM | Reply

I do not think Biden is paying attention to what Elon Musk is doing. He should google, "Starlink" and ponder the more than 1,400 satellites Musk has already put into orbit. Let private industry take the risk. If it fails, it is no cost to the taxpayer. If it succeeds, (as it obviously is) then great!

#8 | POSTED BY JAKESTER AT 2021-05-18 10:02 PM | FLAG:

Negative ghostrider. Elon Musk is a subsidy farmer, probably the greatest in history.

"SpaceX's Starlink wins nearly $900 million in FCC subsidies to bring internet to rural areas." -Dec 7 2020

#12 | Posted by sitzkrieg at 2021-05-19 10:45 AM | Reply

Our local incarnation of cable is Spectrum. If they ever went completely wireless, they could abandon their hardwired system that makes the air above the street VERY ugly. Of course, they'd have a hard time justifying their exorbitant rates after such a transition!

#13 | Posted by john47 at 2021-05-19 11:30 AM | Reply

This is where Liberal's inability to see two days ahead really hurts them. You guys feed Capitalism faster than you admonish it. Know what happens when these companies become successful in a Capitalistic environment? They get bought out. Guess who they get bought out by? Larger companies. This same story has played out for centuries now and Liberals just can't poke their head into the realm of reality long enough to understand it. Not to mention, all of those lines, no matter who lays them if they are laying new lines, feed into infrastructure that is already owned by the big guys.

Legislation like this does nothing but make gullible people or, more commonly, people who refuse to do even a little bit of research, believe the government is taking care of something when it isn't.

#14 | Posted by humtake at 2021-05-19 01:28 PM | Reply

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