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Elon Musk torches ‘outrageous waste of taxpayer money’ after Biden’s $42 billion program fails to provide internet in 3 years

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk has mocked the Biden administration for failing to provide high-speed internet to every home and business after three years, despite spending more than $42 billion.

The Washington Times report The complete failure of the Broadband Equitable Access and Deployment Program, which was supposed to provide internet to rural communities. The BEAD program was part of President Joe Biden’s $1.2 trillion Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act, which was passed in November 2021.

“The Biden administration has decided to pile on top of that a complex process that states have to go through.”

“There hasn’t been a shovelful of dirt directed towards connecting people,” said Federal Communications Commissioner Brendan Carr.

Musk was responding to social media comments that suggested the failed program was too expensive and that SpaceX could have instead provided 140 million Starlink antennas to nearly half the U.S. population.

“This government program is a colossal waste of taxpayer money and a complete failure to serve people in need.” I have written Musk was speaking about X, the platform formerly known as Twitter.

Starlink is a network of low-orbit satellites that provides internet to subscribers, many of whom live in rural areas. It is being developed by SpaceX, the aerospace company founded and owned by Elon Musk.

Implementation of the Biden plan has been hampered by excessive regulation: According to a timeline released by planners, the plan calls for modernization work to begin between 2025 and 2026 and be completed in 2030, nine years after congressional approval.

Carr criticized the regulation, saying: comment To Fox Business.

“Certainly the 2021 law established some process, but the Biden administration has chosen to add on top of that, complex procedures that states have to go through before the administration can actually approve the funds and begin completing construction work,” Carr said.

Musk founded SpaceX in 2002, and Starlink first launched in 2019.

The billionaire provided Starlink internet to the Ukrainian military following the Russian invasion, but was later criticized for shutting down the service ahead of a military attack on Russian forces in an apparent attempt to avoid escalating the war.

“The Starlink region in question was not enabled. SpaceX has not disabled anything,” Musk responded to the accusations in September 2023.

“There was an urgent request from government authorities to launch Starlink to Sevastapol,” he added, “with the clear aim of sinking most of the stationed Russian fleet. Had I agreed to their request, SpaceX would clearly have been complicit in a grave act of war and escalation.”

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