Friday, August 06, 2010
Your tax dollars at work
Rather than let ISP's decide how to best provide Internet service to rural customers, the federal government is taking money from you to pay for it....
Headline: “Stimulus” Money Subsidizing Rural Broadband At $5,525/Customer
From Sayanythingblog -- The USDA has given over $24 million in grants to two North Dakota telephone companies.
Griggs County Telephone received $22.1 million to provide high speed access to over 4,000 customers. Inter-Community Telephone was given $2.3 million to do the same with the hope of increasing service to 850 consumers. The money is part of the stimulus bill and is partially a grant and part loan.
The price for living in the North Dakota badlands or big-sky country in Montana is that you might have to put up with no media connections. That means little if any TV and no Internet unless you can figure out a way to do it via satellite. Why is it other taxpayers' responsibility to provide Internet service to people who choose to live where there isn't any? By the same token, why is it the responsibility of policy holders nationwide to pay higher premiums so that beach-front home owners in Florida can afford their otherwise unaffordable home policies?
The simple answer is that it is not. If you want Internet service, live where it's available or do without. The government isn't the answer to every whim or imagined need of every person in the country, though free-wheeling democrats want you to expect just that. Then they'll expect you to vote for them in return.