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Obama announces $795M in new grants to expand broadband Internet access
the hill ^ | 7/2/10 | Gautham Nagesh

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.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: access; broadband; expand; obama
Spending is a lot like smoking for Obama...

He just cain't kwit it'

1 posted on 07/02/2010 4:04:46 PM PDT by Nachum
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To: Nachum

Use the money to build a wall on the border you asshat! That will create jobs AND secure our borders.


2 posted on 07/02/2010 4:05:41 PM PDT by ironwill (III - Molon Labe)
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To: Jet Jaguar; NorwegianViking; ExTexasRedhead; HollyB; FromLori; EricTheRed_VocalMinority; ...

The list, ping


3 posted on 07/02/2010 4:06:14 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

I thought that Bubba and the Sex Poodle fixed that 15 years ago.


4 posted on 07/02/2010 4:06:44 PM PDT by CMailBag
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To: Nachum

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q8RAQla6tv8


5 posted on 07/02/2010 4:07:31 PM PDT by Nachum (The complete Obama list at www.nachumlist.com)
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To: Nachum

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. =.=


6 posted on 07/02/2010 4:07:38 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Nachum
You can never have enough redistribution.

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.

7 posted on 07/02/2010 4:08:55 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The only stable state is the one in which all men are equal before the law." -- Aristotle)
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To: Nachum

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.


8 posted on 07/02/2010 4:09:06 PM PDT by dennisw (History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid - Gen Eisenhower)
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To: Nachum

Now now. This man is just a gift! There isn’t anything he can’t provide or do for us don’t you know?


9 posted on 07/02/2010 4:11:44 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Nachum

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.


10 posted on 07/02/2010 4:12:25 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Nachum

its to win the election...


11 posted on 07/02/2010 4:13:09 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: Nachum
$795 million     divided by 5,000    equals    FAIL!

12 posted on 07/02/2010 4:13:51 PM PDT by avg_freeper (Gunga galunga. Gunga, gunga galunga)
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To: CMailBag

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”.


13 posted on 07/02/2010 4:15:15 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Welcome to the USSA: United Socialist States of America: Bow to The Obama!)
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To: ScoopAmma; All
"Now now. This man is just a gift! There isn’t anything he can’t provide or do for us don’t you know?"

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14 posted on 07/02/2010 4:17:31 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: dennisw
Dial-up is perfectly OK for modest purposes.

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.

15 posted on 07/02/2010 4:20:12 PM PDT by Kieri (The Conservatrarian)
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To: Nachum

“...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...”
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How can I get me a piece of them billions?


16 posted on 07/02/2010 4:20:38 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th (If November does not turn out well, then beware of December.)
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To: musicman

Hope, pray, vote. Hope, pray, vote.


17 posted on 07/02/2010 4:25:38 PM PDT by ScoopAmma (We are led by the Resident -in Chief; aka part-time member of Webelo Troop 44)
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To: Nachum

sorry a** “blanker”


18 posted on 07/02/2010 4:26:02 PM PDT by ldish (Looking forward to Independence Day)
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Please don't go on about 795m / 5000 deal..There is a LOT of hardware and man hour costs in there.
I don't condone this AT ALL. Government has no business in those communications, the free market does.

But don't make yourselves look like fools..

19 posted on 07/02/2010 4:29:49 PM PDT by Michael Barnes (Call me when the bullets start flying.)
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To: dalebert
its to win the election...

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".

20 posted on 07/02/2010 4:29:58 PM PDT by Charles Martel ("Endeavor to persevere...")
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To: Nachum

Where that money coming from? Obamas stash?


21 posted on 07/02/2010 4:37:24 PM PDT by wiggen (Government owned slave.)
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To: Nachum

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?


22 posted on 07/02/2010 4:38:49 PM PDT by IncPen (How can a man who won't produce his own documentation lecture the rest of us on immigration?)
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To: Nachum

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.


23 posted on 07/02/2010 4:39:01 PM PDT by purplelobster
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To: Nachum

(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!!!


24 posted on 07/02/2010 4:44:54 PM PDT by Proud_USA_Republican ("The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.")
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To: Nachum

Spreading the Internet....and then using a KILL switch?

(Grrrrr.....ignorant Marxist!)


25 posted on 07/02/2010 4:45:11 PM PDT by SumProVita (Cogito, ergo...Sum Pro Vita. (Modified Decartes))
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To: Kieri

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


26 posted on 07/02/2010 5:08:51 PM PDT by dennisw (History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid - Gen Eisenhower)
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To: Nachum

lol... so he can “Kill” it!


27 posted on 07/02/2010 5:14:57 PM PDT by Skared2deth
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To: dennisw

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. :(

Hard times.


28 posted on 07/02/2010 5:19:37 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Charles Martel
"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"."

...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.

29 posted on 07/02/2010 5:26:25 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: Nachum

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. **)


30 posted on 07/02/2010 5:38:37 PM PDT by sten
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To: Soothesayer9

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.


31 posted on 07/02/2010 6:00:32 PM PDT by dennisw (History does not long entrust the care of freedom to the weak or the timid - Gen Eisenhower)
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To: dennisw

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 :)


32 posted on 07/02/2010 7:21:03 PM PDT by Soothesayer9
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To: Nachum

Hmm. What’s he up to now?!


33 posted on 07/02/2010 8:31:30 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: Charles Martel

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.


34 posted on 07/02/2010 8:35:23 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spirito Sancto.)
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