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    They spent 42 billion and nobody has gotten anything from the plan in 976 days. It sounds very inefficient.

    The money was just recently distributed to the states correct?

    I'm sure they don't want to start a massive project, and have it eroding/degrading away in just a few years.
     
    The money was just recently distributed to the states correct?

    I'm sure they don't want to start a massive project, and have it eroding/degrading away in just a few years.
    Yes it was, but should a program like this take 9 years to complete?

    Lawmakers and internet companies blame the slow rollout on burdensome requirements for obtaining the funds, including climate change mandates, preferences for hiring union workers and the requirement that eligible companies prioritize the employment of “justice-impacted” people with criminal records to install broadband equipment.

    Are these things worth delaying the program?
     
    Yes it was, but should a program like this take 9 years to complete?

    Lawmakers and internet companies blame the slow rollout on burdensome requirements for obtaining the funds, including climate change mandates, preferences for hiring union workers and the requirement that eligible companies prioritize the employment of “justice-impacted” people with criminal records to install broadband equipment.

    Are these things worth delaying the program?
    “some” lawmakers and internet companies. Some is the key word marking this is an opinion not held by all. So here’s a question I don’t know the answer to, do you? Are these requirements part of the law that was passed? If so, how do you expect the Admin to change them? You are implying it’s the Biden Admin’s fault and we don’t know the source of the requirements at all.
     
    9 years to put in infrastructure over 1000's of miles?

    Yes if they are lucky.

    Do some light reading on government procurement and the mandated process just for selecting qualified bidders, reviewing bids that are deemed complete and awarding contracts.

    And before anyone thinks about spouting off about bureaucracy, please remember these contracts are for hundreds of millions of dollars of what essentially is mounting dishes to poles on private property. Whole lotta room for fraud with tax payer money. So the layers are scrutiny are many yet important to ensure the customer (the US taxpayer) gets what they paid for.

    It takes three years to put in a stop light. If the infrastructure exists no less.

    If I knew nothing about a subject, I wouldn't keep saying things about said topic hoping nobody knows anything about the topic either. I would look like a complete fool if I did.
     
    This kinda fits here. It remains one of this Admin’s best accomplishments that we achieved the soft landing economically after the pandemic.


    This is one of the reasons a campaign should wait until Sept to start taking credit for the economy. If inflation stays the same or drops again by October and the fed lowers the rate in Sept. Then start bragging in October when it's too late to have a bad report before the election and because people will be thrilled and more receptive about that than anything else economically.

    Do too much bragging now and then inflation goes up again in August or Sept, you're cooked. That's the kind of stuff a president truly can't overcome.
     
    "Regular people" telling their experience when they interacted with the President...
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    "Regular people" telling their experience when they interacted with the President...
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    You're voting for a guy who thinks windmills cause cancer and electric boats will lead to people being eaten by sharks, so you'll have to excuse me if I operate under the assumption that you don't give a damn and never gave a damn in the first place.
     
    Yes it was, but should a program like this take 9 years to complete?

    Lawmakers and internet companies blame the slow rollout on burdensome requirements for obtaining the funds, including climate change mandates, preferences for hiring union workers and the requirement that eligible companies prioritize the employment of “justice-impacted” people with criminal records to install broadband equipment.

    Are these things worth delaying the program?

    Yeah, that sounds about right. You are talking about putting in broadband in rural America. My guess is a lot of this is going to be DSL over POTS since that's the existing infrastructure.

    I think the strongest critique to this plan would be scrapping all together and going with government subsidized, or owned Starlink type internet. You give access to more individuals, and you eliminate all of the last mile cost to service just a few people. The truth is telco's don't want maintain infrastructure for a CO/DSLAM that services 3 people in the middle of nowhere.
     
    "Regular people" telling their experience when they interacted with the President...
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    Now Yahoo reposted this from "Politico".....
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    In rural areas around me they are laying fiber optic like there’s no tomorrow, if that means anything n

    I honestly have no idea about this plan. If they are running fiber to the premise that's probably the most expensive option. The one upside is that you can put the switch further away because Fiber can run for much longer distances.

    So instead of 3 people on some kind of DSLAM, you can have 20 on a Fiber switch.
     
    I honestly have no idea about this plan. If they are running fiber to the premise that's probably the most expensive option. The one upside is that you can put the switch further away because Fiber can run for much longer distances.

    So instead of 3 people on some kind of DSLAM, you can have 20 on a Fiber switch.
    Several year ago they ran fiber to our neighborhood just outside a mid-size city. Even small towns around here have it now.
     
    You're voting for a guy who thinks windmills cause cancer and electric boats will lead to people being eaten by sharks, so you'll have to excuse me if I operate under the assumption that you don't give a damn and never gave a damn in the first place.

    Keep in mind, Steve is a Christian nationalist (along with being a troll and liar), Trump's Project 2025 is their wet dream.....
     


    This is more than DOUBLE the amount of interest recorded in 2022 when the Fed started raising rates.

    To put this into perspective, even during the 2008 Financial Crisis, annual interest costs were ~$450 billion, or 60% lower.

    As a % of GDP, net interest cost this year is on track to exceed a the 1980s high of 3.2%.

    By comparison, during World War II, net interest expense as a % of GDP was much lower, at 1.8%.

    The US government needs lower interest rates more than anyone.
     

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