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    Stimulating Competitive Disadvantages in Broadband

    By now it’s obvious that the government’s “stimulus” spending spree has failed to achieve its intended results—just as critics of Keynesian economic theory predicted. Compounding the policy blunder is the failure of officials to properly vet some of the costly public works projects. Case in point is the $7.2 billion … More

    FCC on Broadband Regulation: "No, Wait, It Is a Duck After All"

    The Federal Communications Commission is nothing if not persistant. Exactly one month ago today, a federal appeals court unanimously ruled that the FCC had no authority to regulate the Internet. But yesterday, FCC chairman Julius Genachowski announced the agency would try to do so anyway. Specifically, Genachowski wants to put … More

    House and Senate Cloakroom: April 12-16, 2010

    House Cloakroom: April 12 – 16 Analysis: After a two week recess the House eases its way back into work with a light week full of suspension bills.  However, if the Senate is able to finish up its work extending provisions such as unemployment insurance, COBRA, and the Doc Fix … More

    Ready, Fire, Aim: GAO Questions Timing of Broadband Stimulus Grants

     As if the Administration’s stimulus program didn’t have enough problems, the Government Accountability Office has now issued a report raising concerns on the handling of $7.2 billion in broadband communications grants warning the programs “present risks of waste, fraud and abuse“. The agencies – the Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and … More

    The Chicken Littles of Broadband

    Is the Internet in clear and present danger? Yes, say proponents of neutrality regulation of the Internet. In a speech last month calling for FCC neutrality regulation, Chairman Julius Genachowski stopped short of quoting Oliver Wendell Holmes, but did all he could to paint a dire picture of the Internet’s … More

    FCC.gov: What a WASTE

    The Heritage Foundation is proud to announce that the FCC is the recipient of the First Annual Wanton Abuse of State-funded Technological Elucidation (WASTE) Award. Yes, the name is clunky, but so is their website. If you don’t believe it, see for yourself. The website’s search function leaves much to … More

    Rural Broadband Stimulus not so Rural and not so Stimulating

    ProPublica reports: A key stimulus program to bring Internet service to rural America may not be up to the job of spending its $2.5 billion in extra funding effectively, according to a report (PDF) released Monday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s inspector general. … Monday’s report found that the … More

    "Large Pile of Money" Attracts Waste

    The more we learn what is buried in the 1400+ pages of the economic stimulus bill, the more we’re sure it will fail. The latest boondoggle: broadband. The Los Angeles Times reports: [I]nsiders said some of the compromises forged by House and Senate negotiators could lead to problems in how … More