Skip to comments.Obama announces $795M in new grants to expand broadband Internet access
Posted on 07/02/2010 4:04:41 PM PDT by Nachum
President Barack Obama announced 66 Recovery Act projects Friday aimed at expanding broadband Internet access and public computing centers in underserved communities at a cost of $795 million.
The projects vary widely in their size, scope and focus, from a $45 million grant to expand broadband access in western Massachusetts to a $1.8 million grant to the Montana State Library to provide faster Internet at its 42 local libraries. Speaking at Andrews Air Force Base on Friday morning, Obama said he expects the projects to create 5,000 construction and installation jobs in the short term and benefit millions of Americans in the future.
"Broadband can remove geographic barriers between patients and their doctors. It can connect our kids to the digital skills and 21st century education required for the jobs of the future. And it can prepare America to run on clean energy by helping us upgrade to a smarter, stronger, more secure electrical grid," Obama said.
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He just cain't kwit it'
Use the money to build a wall on the border you asshat! That will create jobs AND secure our borders.
The list, ping
I thought that Bubba and the Sex Poodle fixed that 15 years ago.
Divide the estimated 5000 jobs into the amount of these “new grants” and it does not take an educated idiot, especially one that holds the office of the Presidency, to see the sheer and utter failure of government and government spending of taxpayer dollars. =.=
Except that at some point the redistribution-recipients are going to have more stuff than the redistribution-donors.
Then the redistribution will have to go the other way.
This is the kind of BS your Comcast and DSL and othe ISP taxes go to. Dumbass Democrat hacks take those taxes and spend them to buy votes. No one needs high speed internet. Dial-up is perfectly OK for modest purposes. You can’t blow your welfare money for movie downloads and get dial-up to download it. That’s about it.
Now now. This man is just a gift! There isn’t anything he can’t provide or do for us don’t you know?
ya the jerk here just got 2 million last year to put bad dsl in the next county...of course he stuck it in an account to draw interest until he gets around to doing it.
its to win the election...
Yeah, how much did that cost us to “wire” the schools. Like the schools didn’t already have phone lines to use as a modem. And how much was a modem and AOL? Geez.
Now it’s broadband. And when that changes they’ll spend billions giving to “the poor”.
Do YOU use dialup?
I'd love a higher speed without the threat of a bandwidth meter (been there, done that, won't do it again), but I don't want the Feds to touch it. It's hard enough to keep them from taxing the crap out of existing ISP services, and they've wasted the USF money...still are.
But dialup? Please.
“...The projects are part of the $7.2 billion set aside in the Recovery Act for expanding broadband access.
$4.7 billion will be distributed by the Commerce Department in the form of grants and loans, while the Department of Agriculture was slated to hand out $2.5 billion.
Earlier this week the House Appropriations Committee proposed rescinding $602 million in broadband funding to offset the costs of the Defense supplemental spending bill.
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack said his agency used a points system to consider grant applications that takes into account the cost, potential benefit and technical feasibility of proposed projects.
“Many of these projects are shovel-ready, but over time will also help farmers and ranchers have real-time information on weather and commodity markets to help them make better decisions,” Vilsack said...”
How can I get me a piece of them billions?
Hope, pray, vote. Hope, pray, vote.
sorry a** “blanker”
But don't make yourselves look like fools..
It always is. However, we should think carefully about what broadband internet connections are used for in the "blue zones" to see more of the picture here. Think "red light cameras" and "gunshot triangulation systems".
Where that money coming from? Obamas stash?
Where in the Constitution is it written that anyone is guaranteed access to the internet?
Why is a broke government borrowing money to pay for this?
hmm, 1.8 million dollars to provide 42 libraries with internet access. That comes to $43,000 per library. I don’t know how it is possible to cost that much unless they are receiving golden modems. Seems they just need to pay a monthly fee to the ISP and get a $50 router and they should be ready to go. Barry has no clue what things cost anymore. He’s so accustomed to the royal treatment that he overallocates for everything. His attitude towards money reveals most clearly his total lack of experience.
(Mind of a liberal) - High speed internet isn’t a luxury you should have to pay for, IT SHOULD BE FREE BECAUSE ITS A RIGHT!!!
Spreading the Internet....and then using a KILL switch?
Do YOU use dialup?>>>>>>>
Not for 8 years but I used dial up before that and Free Republic was usable via dial up. Free Republic is a reasonable measure.
Sure I like DSL or cable internet a lot more but if I’m in a rural area I could get along just fine with dial-up if I had to. But the Democrats tax my high speed access to death to buy votes by building/subsidizing rural high speed access
lol... so he can “Kill” it!
Honestly I have forgotten what its like to be on dialup. I might have to go back to it should I move into a rural area since they dont do dsl or cable out that way. Guess if that happens, no more Youtube or Usenet for me. :(
...and don't forget all the mudlum jihadists in the "out areas" who can't get properly connected with the "NEW" Al-Qaida web site that just launched.
along with paying for mortgages, abortions, medical treatments, cellphones, and car payments... now i’m paying for the moochers internet service? can’t they mooch their internet @ mcdonalds like other people?
and of course, if you make over $50k/yr ... you are not entitled to any of the ‘freebies’ (ie: other peoples money)
i’d have to be an idiot to keep paying into this freakin scheme.
if someone walked up to me on the street, threatened me with violence, and demanded i hand them 66-75% of what’s in my wallet... every day on the way home from work... how long before i pulled out a gun and shot the a**holes?
(** how many babies have YOU paid to have killed today? costs $1k each. do the math. **)
To get youtube via dial up I think lining up three videos then going to sleep...they would be ready for you in the morning. For a school boy using the internet for his assignments. Dial-up should be OK. He will be looking at text which dial-up is fast enough for
Dial up should be fast enough for facebook.
Funny you should mention facebook..which the SO loves...me, not so much. I’d prefer Youtube HD, Hulu, Usenet, etc so it will be quite an adjustment. Yeah I thought of letting it go overnight too, but that is difficult when someone posts on freerep a “must see now!” vid of Obama getting impeached by the house and senate and I have to wait till morning to see it :)
Hmm. What’s he up to now?!
And here I was just thinking that it’s completely weird to think some of this will go to libraries. While some people go to libraries, there’s a whole raft of folks who do not. Libraries do have good Net connections, but they also have blocks on a lot of things. Besides. They close.
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