I’d like to learn what happened to the billions of dollars that were part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 Broadband Initiative. All that I can find is reports of meetings filled with pontificating windbags. When I learned that Miami’s WLRN-FM planned to air an interview with Michael Grunwald, the author of a new book titled THE NEW NEW DEAL about the 2009 Stimulus, I listened. The interview aired on Monday 1 October’s Topical Currents show and was conducted by Ariel Gonzalez. I was certain that they’d cover the 2009 Broadband Initiative. They didn’t.
I don’t know where online to learn what happened to the 2009 Broadband Initiative money. Can you help me, please?
Instead what they did was congratulate each other on how liberal each is, what an omniscient President Mr. Obama is, what a surprisingly astute manager Vice President Joe Biden is, and how few dollars were wasted. It was, on a public radio station that’s supported in part by taxpayer dollars, an hour-long advertisement for Democrats by a Democrat interviewer of a Democrat author about a dubious Democrat expenditure of taxpayer dollars. It was a new low-point for WLRN-FM.
Oct 21, 2012: I found a page on NTIA’s website with links to a description.of the disbursement of funds to each state. Florida has received almost 9 million dollars for studies and improvement of bandwidth to public libraries. To a cynic, this sounds like make-work by a bloated government that just keeps growing larger and less effective.
It’s difficult to discern the exact total dollar amount designated for Florida, since some grant recipients span multiple states. Most of the grant descriptions sound worthwhile. Have any of their plans become reality? I’ll need to drill down into each grant recipient, I guess.
Some states report that they’ve created new offices with their grants. Read: more government jobs. Some of the project descriptions for many states sound like they were written with the assistance of a B.S. generator. This paragraph appears in many states’ reports:
This project was originally funded for broadband planning activities and two years of data collection. In September of 2010, this project was amended to extend data collection activities for an additional three years and to identify and implement best practices.
Government bloats quickly, and almost never thins down.