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Avoid New Fiasco With Federal Grant

September 15, 2013

West Virginia will receive a $24 million federal grant to help extend high-speed Internet access to rural areas, it was announced Friday. Well, good....

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Sep-15-13 8:56 AM

Wasted 24 million of tax payers money, the punishment, give them 24 million more.....

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Sep-15-13 9:33 AM

Taxpayers will spend $600 per home to bring internet ACCESS to 40,000 homes?

Do these people even WANT high speed internet? Can they AFFORD it or will there be another 10 figure grant to subsidize this, as well?

If a private firm won't run high speed internet to these people, there is a good reason. They have calculated that the amount of potential revenue does not justify the initial capital expenditure.

So why should taxpayers pay for it?

If you want high speed internet in a an area that doesn't have it, you have two choices. Get together with your community and pay the necessary money upfront to get the service connected to your area or move away to a place that does have high speed internet.

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Sep-15-13 11:42 AM

rangar, Also remind the peeps that satellite internet is available! It would be interesting to know how many peeps were hooked-up with the first 130 million dollar grant.....

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Sep-15-13 2:21 PM

Part of the reason I enjoy spending time out Fish Creek is no wi-fi and no cell phone coverage!

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Sep-16-13 12:43 PM

The way to avoid a Fiasco with a federal grant is to hold the states accountable.

First, Federal should pay no more than 25-40% of the cost. If the state can't contribute the majority, then they must not need it that bad.

Second, if the state mis-spends the money, don't give them any more.

Third, dismiss the state employees that wasted $24 million in tax dollars.

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