It’s well-known that the Obama Administration feels that investments in broadband internet access is a national priority, so to demonstrate their commitment, they “invested” $350 Million dollars to create a website where you can punch in an address and see what broadband connectivity options are available at the provided address.
I’m not quite sure this tool was worth $350,000,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (that’s over $1/per citizen) to create something that, quite reasonably, every broadband provider already had for their territories… Borrowing $350 Million from future taxpayers to tie them all together seems a bit much…
From PC Magazine:
Funds for map were provided through the 2009 Recovery Act, President Obama’s economic stimulus package. That legislation provided $350 million for the creation of a national broadband inventory map. Of that, NTIA doled out $293 million in grants to all 50 states, the territories, and Washington, D.C., which was used to collect the data for the existing map and will be used over the next five years for updates. Another $20 million was provided to the FCC, which used most of it on contractors who built the map.
All told, the five-year cost of the map is about $200 million, said Larry Strickling, assistant secretary of the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) within Commerce.
Think of all the children without broadband…
Unfortunately, this $350 Million doesn’t actually provide any homeowner broadband internet access where none was available before, but armed with this map they’ll be able to find out who does have broadband internet access.
Building America’s Future: Building America’s Future Praises Obama’s Commitment to Infrastructure
National Broadband Map: http://www.broadbandmap.gov/
Glenn Beck: Children without broadband access (transcript)