Skip to comments.FCC opens $300M fund to boost rural broadband access
Posted on 05/02/2012 4:28:55 PM PDT by bigbob
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) this week unveiled a $300 million fund to extend broadband to as many as 400,000 previously unserved homes, businesses and anchor institutions.
Created by the regulator last October, FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski said the Connect America Fund (CAF) was a "once-in-a-generation reform of the Universal Service Fund" that will connect all Americans with broadband Internet by the end of the decade.
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That will be $750 per household.
I wish Verizon cared that much about me.
I think Wildblue is charging $150 for high speed satellite internet equipment, so I’m thinking about taking FCCs 750 and putting the $600 difference in my pocket. Stimulating!
Hughes Net has had a Federally-subsidized lower rate program for us’uns in the sticks for quite some time now. If your eligible and your paying taxes to Uncle you’d be stupid not to take it if satellite was your only viable option.
I’ll tell ya now it aint free...and it aint “broadband” in the sense of any sort of cable-type speed.
But it beats the snot out of dial-up.
“will connect all Americans with broadband Internet” - First free cell phones, then free WiFi from the Food Stamp President
Woo Hoo, Free Porn!
Let the people at National Telecommunications Cooperative Association or the National Rural Telephone organization tell you about what telephone cooperatives have done in the broadband field in some of the most remote areas of America.
Heard an NTCA official over 10 years ago say he lived in Washington, D. C., and his broadband service was not as good as that in some of the most rural sections of America who got their service from a rural cooperative.
Politicians need to let private enterprise and telecommunications companies neareest to the people solve these problems.
I’m writing the President and my Congressional representative to urge then to get behind the Rural Starbucks Act.
It seems unfair that people in nearby Seattle and other metropolitan centers around the country can easily walk within minutes to a Starbucks several blocks away, whereas I and other rural inhabitants, having chosen to live elsewhere, are denied that kind of ready access to high quality coffee and biscuits (unless we are already, somehow, alert enough to drive to one).
Caffeine is a highly valued part of the American Dream: it increases productivity, safe driving, and the Pursuit of Happiness in general. The Capitalistic system under which we currently must live has no regard for the inherent rights to which we are entitled. They have not been responsive to our demands, nor has the stingy State government.
Therefore, it now falls to Obama and Congress to insure that we have the same opportunities for $6 lattes as do others. We live in double-mocha-with-a-sprinkle-of-cinnamon desserts of almost unimaginable lassitude and buzz-deprivation. We cannot fulfill our trendy potentials as geeks, nor yuppies. We demand equality of baristas and espresso, and we won’t stand for anything less. Won’t you please join me in voicing your support for the Rural Starbucks Act, so I can continue to waste my time online in a more alert state. Thank you.
(not enough coffee this evening - my point exactly!)