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bbeesley
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join:2003-08-07
Richardson, TX
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Exemplifying Government

West Virginia is a shining example of why we don't want the Government at the helm of broadband expansion.

That there was incompetence, corruption and a feckless outcome could have been historically predicted


jester121
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join:2003-08-09
Lake Zurich, IL

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said by bbeesley:

West Virginia is a shining example of why we don't want the Government at the helm of broadband expansion.

That there was incompetence, corruption and a feckless outcome could have been historically predicted

Exactly right -- and the problem with these federal grants is that they come with expiration dates, so agencies just hurry up and spend the money so they don't lose it, without taking time to properly manage the project.

shrraga

join:2012-07-22
reply to bbeesley
Because a really stupid, republican/ conservative/ evangelical red state cannot manage broadband does not mean others cannot. Vermont is rolling out a fiber network through the middle of the state, paid sovernet communications to handle it, and it seems to be coming along great. 'Course, home users will not get direct connections to the fiber, but it will allow for private business to easily expand services (fairpoint even recently gave us a free upgrade up a tier)


bbeesley
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join:2003-08-07
Richardson, TX
kudos:5
said by shrraga:

Because a really stupid, republican/ conservative/ evangelical red state cannot manage broadband

<sarcasm>

wow! thanks for identifying the crux of the issue that Republicans, conservatives and evangelicals don't have the good sense to effectively get broadband to the masses.

I guess we should just let Democrats, liberals and atheists manage broadband policy and everything will magically clear up?

</sarcasm>

Governments will always be fraught with corruptive and disruptive influence as long as regulators have an accountability to please those who got them elected and this is universal across all ideologies.

fenix_jn

join:2006-12-28
Miami, FL
Blue... you forgot, blue


sk1939
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Mclean, VA
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reply to jester121
said by jester121:

said by bbeesley:

West Virginia is a shining example of why we don't want the Government at the helm of broadband expansion.

That there was incompetence, corruption and a feckless outcome could have been historically predicted

Exactly right -- and the problem with these federal grants is that they come with expiration dates, so agencies just hurry up and spend the money so they don't lose it, without taking time to properly manage the project.

Maryland has made the most of their federal grant, and quite a few of the counties are within a year or two of bringing the fiber rings online.