$103M to expand broadband Internet in rural U.S.

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$103M to expand broadband Internet in rural U.S.

Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven't been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.

RICHMOND, Va. — Telecommunications companies in 16 states will share more than $103 million in federal funding to help expand broadband Internet access to those areas of rural America that haven't been reached by the high-speed service or are underserved, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced Monday.
Policymakers, public interest groups and telecom companies are seeking to bridge the digital divide by reaching even the most remote pockets of the U.S. with broadband Internet, hoping to improve economic and educational opportunities there.
"There's a big gap that remains between rural and urban areas because it's just hard to make a business case in rural areas," said Jonathan Adelstein, the Agriculture Department's rural-utilities service administrator, in a conference call with reporters. "Rural areas' future depends upon access to broadband, and we're not where we need to be today."
The states that will benefit from the funding are: Alabama, Arkansas, California, Illinois, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Ohio, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
As many as one in 10 Americans can't get Internet connections fast enough to do such common online activities as watching video or teleconferencing, and two thirds of schools have broadband connections that are too slow to meet their needs, the Commerce Department reported earlier this year.
Last year, the Federal Communications Commission released a national broadband plan that set a goal of hooking up 100 million households to broadband connections of 100 megabits per second by 2020. That's at least 20 times faster than many existing home connections.
About 28 percent of rural America, or nearly 19 million people, lack access to Internet with speeds of three megabits per second or faster, compared with only 3 percent, or 7.2 million people, in nonrural areas, according to an FCC report, "Bringing Broadband to Rural America."
Adelstein said rural areas lag behind urban areas when it comes to broadband Internet access because the more remote areas don't have enough people, have rugged terrain, or it's too costly for companies to serve them.
One of the grants announced Monday will help provide Internet services to about 570 members of the Karuk Native American Tribe in a mountainous region of Orleans, in Northern California.
"It is a remarkably remote place. It's one of the darkest places from space in the lower 48" states, said Craig Tucker, a tribe spokesman.
Tucker said lack of reliable Internet services is a "limiting factor for economic development."
Another grant will help rebuild the broadband infrastructure in Tushka, Okla., which was hit by a tornado in April that killed two people and destroyed or damaged numerous buildings in the community.
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Gee, what are they gonna get ?

MORE COMMERCIALS

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We had this thread a few months ago. The dems on the board said this HAD to happen or our 911 system would collapse... seriously.
 

Hoffman

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Redneck pornography is going to see a boom in just a few years.
 

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oh and QUIT SPENDING MONEY WE DON'T HAVE!
I'd be all for expanding internet service to rural Americans since it is something that would probably be helpful and beneficial to Americans, unlike the billions of dollars that we routinely give to Africa and the middle east. We really need to start spending our money here and not over there. Fuck over there.
 

Lord Zero

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Let private industry go where the demand is. There is no need for federal involvement.
 

Begbie

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You can't take advantage of the great benefits of broadband internet without a device capable of providing broadband internet. Soooooooooo...are these people in these rural areas going to be buying said equipment and paying monthly fees for access?
 

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Okay, this is money well spent. I agree that we should stop handing out money to people allover the world that hate us and spend it here. Yes, if you have broadband access in rural areas you will have a lot of demand for it. People have been screaming for it for a long time. Take it out of the Pakistan bribery fund.

I find it disturbing that the biggest critics on this thread live in places were cable and broadband internet are readily available. Kids in rural Nebraska, Iowa, etc. have just as much a right to access horrific porn and not have to wait for a 10 minute buffer time for an 8 second clip, as you sociopath malcontents.

High speed porn for all!!
 

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I live about a 1/3 of a mile from a Fiber backbone. I asked a higher up with Frontier Communications when we could get fiber to our home. "Most likely not in our lifetime, unless you put in the fiber and the equipment". DSL, I'm lucky, I live close to a Microwave backbone, but my DSL is like a cheapo run cable internet company. AT 6 every night, my internet slows to a crawl (Less then 1 meg D/L). It is off at least 1 to 2 days a week. I wish I could get RELIABLE high speed internet, but this is the best I can get. No cable TV or Internet is available. I'm willing to pay for the highest speed available, If I could get it, but I can't afford to install fiber and the equipment.
 

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For this I want a lot more corn-fed women in videos...
 
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I live in a place where I'm completely surrounded by neighborhoods that get Fios, U-Verse, and Time Warner's new "Wideband" or whatever they call it, and for some ungodly reason my condo complex has an exclusive deal with some piece of shit DSL company called Grande Telecommunications. It's frustrating as fuck... We've resorted to using phones for wifi hotspots for PS3 at times.

I can't wait to move. Every fucking time we find a house we want, though, there was someone who put a contract on it like the day before. Seriously, it's happened like 8 times this year.

Edit: I forgot my point... Instead of subsidizing the industry, if they would just stop the bullshit monopolies and allow the big guys (probably AT&T and Verizon) to just dominate, they'd fund the expansion themselves.
 

Party Rooster

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You can't take advantage of the great benefits of broadband internet without a device capable of providing broadband internet. Soooooooooo...are these people in these rural areas going to be buying said equipment and paying monthly fees for access?
Yes. And I hear it's going to create 4 million jobs. :icon_cool

 

The Godfather

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let them buy Satellite dishes
 

Norm Stansfield

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Okay, this is money well spent. I agree that we should stop handing out money to people allover the world that hate us and spend it here.
What money are you talking about? I seriously doubt you have $103 million, to spend anywhere.

Are you talking about my money? Would my money be well spent getting hicks jerk-off material? Are you saying that my fucking money, that I worked my ass off for, could not possibly be better spent than this?

Fuck you.
 
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What money are you talking about? I seriously doubt you have $103 million, to spend anywhere.

Are you talking about my money? Would my money be well spent getting hicks jerk-off material? Are you saying that my fucking money, that I worked my ass off for, could not possibly be better spent than this?

Fuck you.
:clap::clap::clap:
 

CougarHunter

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Not in the Constitution. Government has no business doing it.
 

Motor Head

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What money are you talking about? I seriously doubt you have $103 million, to spend anywhere.

Are you talking about my money? Would my money be well spent getting hicks jerk-off material? Are you saying that my fucking money, that I worked my ass off for, could not possibly be better spent than this?

Fuck you.
Spoken like a true fucking snob. The "hicks" you are referencing here are farmers, that would like to see their children have better access to the internet for education, entertainment, etc. I know they aren't as deserving as you, despite the fact that most earn more money then you, and pay the same taxes that you pay. I say take some of OUR money that is being spent on bribes to shit hole countries that hate us and make sure ALL citizens have access to the internet. You know the same citizens that grow the food you shove in your piehole. The same citizens whose children join the military to serve their country. The same people that have children that go to rural schools and are disadvantaged technically because their kids can't use the internet for homework.
 

Norm Stansfield

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Spoken like a true fucking snob. The "hicks" you are referencing here are farmers, that would like to see their children have better access to the internet for education, entertainment, etc. I know they aren't as deserving as you, despite the fact that most earn more money then you, and pay the same taxes that you pay. I say take some of OUR money that is being spent on bribes to shit hole countries that hate us and make sure ALL citizens have access to the internet. You know the same citizens that grow the food you shove in your piehole. The same citizens whose children join the military to serve their country. The same people that have children that go to rural schools and are disadvantaged technically because their kids can't use the internet for homework.
You're not addressing my question. Why are you spending my money to do this? Especially if these people have more money than I do?