I recently received a bulletin for Americans for Prosperity. It was a vague reference to a government takeover of the Broadband system in the United States. Tragically the FCC’s own site states that it has grown to over 200 million people in 10 years. and now they feel they need to fix it. Let me see the EPA sees that lead poisoning is almost extinct so they pass a regulation. Congress sees a growing infrastructure and needs to regulate it. Am I the only one who sees the folly in this. Broadband works and people are using it. Government intervention at this point would be counterproductive. As a matter of fact that is what they must want. Control broadband and you control the message.
What follows are excerpts from the Recovery Act o 2009 (Obama’s Folly) and the FCC site on the Broadband takeover. Like I told you folks if you want to know what your government is planning all you need to do is google it. They will tell you. They are Proud of the takeover of America and think they are justifying their jobs. Why exactly do we have a FCC. I will get back to that. Now for some boring VERY SCARY reading.
AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT OF 2009
BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
For an amount for “Broadband Technology Opportunities Program”, $4,700,000,000: Provided, That of the funds provided under this heading, not less than $4,350,000,000 shall be expended pursuant to division B of this Act, of which: not less than $200,000,000 shall be available for competitive grants for expanding public computer center capacity, including at community colleges and public libraries; not less than $250,000,000 shall be available for competitive grants for innovative programs to encourage sustainable adoption of broadband service; and $10,000,000 shall be transferred to “Department of Commerce, Office of Inspector General” for the purposes of audits and oversight of funds provided under this heading and such funds shall remain available until expended: Provided further, That of the funds provided under this heading, up to $350,000,000 may be expended pursuant to Public Law 110-385 (47 U.S.C. 1301 note) and for the purposes of developing and maintaining a broadband inventory map pursuant to division B of this Act: Provided further, That of the funds provided under this heading, amounts deemed necessary and appropriate by the Secretary of Commerce, in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), may be transferred to the FCC for the purposes of developing a national broadband plan or for carrying out any other FCC responsibilities pursuant to division B of this Act, and only if the Committees on Appropriations of the House and the Senate are notified not less than 15 days in advance of the transfer of such funds: Provided further, That not more than 3 percent of funds provided under this heading may be used for administrative costs, and this limitation shall apply to funds which may be transferred to the FCC.
TITLE VI–BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
SEC. 6000. TABLE OF CONTENTS.
The table of contents of this title is as follows:
TITLE VI–BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM
Sec..6000..Table of contents.
Sec..6001..Broadband Technology Opportunities Program.
SEC. 6001. BROADBAND TECHNOLOGY OPPORTUNITIES PROGRAM.
(a) The Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Communications and Information (Assistant Secretary), in consultation with the Federal Communications Commission (Commission), shall establish a national broadband service development and expansion program in conjunction with the technology opportunities program, which shall be referred to as the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program. The Assistant Secretary shall ensure that the program complements and enhances and does not conflict with other Federal broadband initiatives and programs.
(b) The purposes of the program are to–
(1) provide access to broadband service to consumers residing in unserved areas of the United States;
(2) provide improved access to broadband service to consumers residing in underserved areas of the United States; (AUTHOR’S Note: make the Private sector do something)
(3) provide broadband education, awareness, training, access, equipment, and support to–
(A) schools, libraries, medical and healthcare providers, community colleges and other institutions of higher education, and other community support organizations and entities to facilitate greater use of broadband service by or through these organizations;
(B) organizations and agencies that provide outreach, access, equipment, and support services to facilitate greater use of broadband service by low-income, unemployed, aged, and otherwise vulnerable populations; and
(C) job-creating strategic facilities located within a State-designated economic zone, Economic Development District designated by the Department of Commerce, Renewal Community or Empowerment Zone designated by the Department of Housing and Urban Development, or Enterprise Community designated by the Department of Agriculture;
(4) improve access to, and use of, broadband service by public safety agencies; and
(5) stimulate the demand for broadband, economic growth, and job creation. (AUTHOR’S NOTE there has been plenty of demand)
(c) The Assistant Secretary may consult a State, the District of Columbia, or territory or possession of the United States with respect to–
(1) the identification of areas described in subsection (b)(1) or (2) located in that State; and
(2) the allocation of grant funds within that State for projects in or affecting the State.
(d) The Assistant Secretary shall–
(1) establish and implement the grant program as expeditiously as practicable;
(2) ensure that all awards are made before the end of fiscal year 2010;
Government can influence the broadband ecosystem in four ways:
- Design policies to ensure robust competition and, as a result maximize consumer welfare, innovation and investment. (HUH?)
- Ensure efficient allocation and management of assets government controls or influences, such as spectrum, poles, and rights-of-way, to encourage network upgrades and competitive entry.
- Reform current universal service mechanisms to support deployment of broadband and voice in high-cost areas; and ensure that low-income Americans can afford broadband; and in addition, support efforts to boost adoption and utilization.
- Reform laws, policies, standards and incentives to maximize the benefits of broadband in sectors government influences significantly, such as public education, health care and government operations.
So you can see this is nothing but a government takeover of a blooming private business. Write your Senators and Congressmen and tell them to stop the FCC. Better Yetr vote out your current BUM and put somebody in who will abolish this regulation.