The latest draft of President Obama's $835bn infrastructure economic stimulus package increases the budget for expanding broadband to under-served areas from $6bn to $9bn and includes tax breaks for ISPs that build new wired and wireless networks. While the US Senate is still drafting its version of the stimulus package, its …
Now, if we could only get that sad sack BRuin
To offer the same assistance to our ISPs.
Not holding my breath...
Still, not long to wait before the unelected nomark is kicked out :-)
One difference between UK and USA?
USA: stimulus package
Waste of money
The telecoms industry got $200 Billion in tax credit in the mid-nineties in exchange for a promise to bring fiber networks to everyone in the US, and promptly reneged on that promise. Why would anyone think they will act any differently this time? A much better step would be to clean up the mismanagement, fraud and corruption around the universal service fund and other telecoms boondoggles that nickel and dime our phone bills.
No big deal!
Hey it's only tax payer money the politicians are throwing around so there's no problem spending Trillions of dollars on pork and welfare projects. The dumbass tax payers will pick up the tab. They always do.
Let's optic the UK
Take people off the dole and get them producing and laying optic fibre.
We could redesign the network as well whilst we are at it, make it more fault tolerant, less centralised and more autonomous.
You're right about the " promptly reneged on that promise". And that's what's wrong with doing all this without some "we're gonna punish the h3ll out of you" oversight if they don't do what they're supposed to be doing. But then, that should be the case for any "bail out" or "stimulus package"
I, for one, would LOVE to see some real high speed in my neck of the woods. No dsl, no fibre,
Paris, 'cos she knows a stimulus package when she sees one.
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