Yet another cause that the incompetent government should avoid. Since the subsidy ostensibly benefits rural households, or if amended areas where 25% of the households are un-served, the objective falls flat right at the outset. For households, satellite is always an option, so if 25%, or even 100% of the households are un-served, its by choice. I live 8 miles from town, and half that distance from the nearest broadband facilities, yet I have 9 Mbps two-way bandwidth, and for little cost. And, Ive achieved that with an investment lf less than $500. My connection works so well that I now work from my office at home, enjoying the same capability as is available in the office for both voice and data communications. I even provide a 1.5 Mbps broadband connection to some of my neighbors, without charge. Ive used the same equipment for a 30 mile link when camping, and a colleague and I have a 90 mile link with 1 Mbps bandwidth.
In turn my neighbors contribute to the cost of maintaining our common road that I maintain with my 1946 Ford tractor. The 60+ year old tractor still runs like new, also with any help from the government.
The 1st point is, the inefficient government agencies and their fraud plagued programs are not needed. Americans, if left alone, can see to their needs, as has been the case for the past two centuries. The 2nd point is anyone can have the bandwidth I enjoy with a little creativity and a relatively small investment although I have little doubt the government could do the same at only 100 or 1000 times the cost.
I’ve got a real novel idea. How about putting stuff in the farm bill that has to do with farmers and farming. No food stamps, no general handouts. Put all these programs in a HUD/HHS instead of making them a part of a department that is totally unrelated.
I would like to get some details on your set-up. My Dad would lives in a rual area and broadband is not available.
Same as Sarevok, how about a few tech and contact details when you have some time?
It would be very much appreciated.