A new post from Tea Party Nation founder, Judson Phillips, was just posted. In it Phillips shows the kind of archaic thinking the Tea Party has and why it is the kind of thinking that will keep America behind in a 21st century economy: (subscription required).
The remaining roughly $27 million was used to connect 150,000 new subscribers in “underserved communities.” Why is the government out spreading broadband? This is something the private sector needs to be doing.
I live right next to one of these "underserved" communities. Just a couple of miles from me there is no broadband internet, unless you are willing to pay the outrageous prices for satellite internet.
The area I'm talking about is farm land. They have phone and cable, but no broadband. For the "private sector" that already has lines running there, adding the service would be a lot cheaper than someone creating a new service, yet they don't want to. Why? Because the cost per home would be much higher than in denser communities. I guess America's farmers are supposed to be left off the internet. No checking seed prices, weather forecasts or getting trade reports for them.
Now this area I'm talking about was going to get broadband internet a few years ago and it was the private sector doing it. They were going to have fiber optics, as was the rest of our county. Of course with the private sector comes local ties and friendships, which can easily lead to some bad things. That was exposed here in Butler County, Ohio, when the Dynus Corporation and a bunch of county officials decided to bilk the people and local banks for millions of dollars.