Congress Attacks Rural Broadband Program
Money getting funneled to already served communities...
Lawmakers yesterday attacked the operators
of the USDA's Rural Utilities Service, a $1.2 billion program tasked with expanding broadband Internet services to rural communities. The program was taken to task for missing many unserved rural areas in the country, while "channeling hundreds of millions of dollars in subsidized loans to companies in places where service already exists."
Since 2001, more than half the funds haven't gone to rural areas. "An Internet provider in Houston got $23 million in loans to wire affluent subdivisions, including one that boasts million-dollar houses and an equestrian center,"
cites the Post. Add a splash of admitted FCC failure
at tracking broadband penetration, and throw in a dash of partisan policy gridlock
for good measure.