Rural broadband: put money into local networks

The House stimulus bill got it right. It allocated $6 billion for “shovel ready” projects in under-served areas. None of this funding would yield tax credits for the big carriers. Fortune 500 telecom companies would no more have shovel-ready projects in underserved areas than a skateboard dealer would open shop in a retirement community.  Story…

Cuts from stimulus plan that could have helped rural areas

Rural voters: remember your Republican politicians who insisted on cuts in the stimulus bill. Things that could have postively impacted rural areas that were cut from the stimulus plan: Partially cut: • $200 million from Environmental Protection Agency Superfund (original bill $800 million) • $100 million from law enforcement wireless (original bill $200 million) Fully…