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Over $42 billion and 3 years later, Biden’s rural high-speed internet plan hasn’t connected a single home

President Joe Biden has a penchant for making grandiose promises that he can’t deliver on.

For example, ahead of the 2020 election, then-candidate Biden
promised He told Americans in four debates and a CNN town hall interview that if elected, he would build 500,000 new charging stations across the country.

Biden reiterated the promise after taking over the White House.
state In November 2021, “we plan to create the first network of more than 500,000 charging stations across the country.”

Of the $1.2 trillion in taxpayer money spent on the Democratic infrastructure package backed by Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.), $7.5 billion went to building the electric vehicle stations Biden promised.

As of last month, only eight stations had been built across the country.

The Biden administration is new
A Big Promise 2021: Unserved Americans will soon have reliable, high-speed internet. Like electric vehicle charging stations, this connection is far from reality.

“We’re heading towards a broadband failure.”

Brendan Carr, a Republican member of the Federal Communications Commission,
I got it. On Friday, “In 2021, the Biden administration secured $42.45 billion from Congress to deploy high-speed internet to millions of Americans. Years later, not a single person has been able to access that funding. In fact, it has been announced that no construction projects will begin until 2025 at the earliest.”

The Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment Program is a federal grant program administered by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration.
probably “We aim to get all Americans online by funding state, local, community and stakeholder partnerships to build infrastructure where it’s needed and increase adoption of high-speed internet. BEAD will prioritize unserved areas that have no internet access or access less than 25/3 Mbps.”

Grant recipients will receive taxpayer funding to “support broadband planning and related capacity building efforts, from mapping and staffing state/territory broadband offices to community outreach and coordination.”

“The Biden Administration’s failure to dig up even one shovelful of dirt with $42.45 billion was not just predictable, it was expected.”
continuation Carr referred to a letter sent on Aug. 18, 2022, from several U.S. senators suggesting the bill may fail.

The lawmakers said the NTIA review process is unnecessarily burdensome and that the Funding Opportunity Notice process “creates a complex, nine-step, ‘repetitive’ structure and review process that could bog down State broadband offices in excessive bureaucracy and delay connecting unserved and underserved Americans.”

The Washington Times
Shown As of this month, only nine states and the District of Columbia have approved BEAD programs.

Last year, Republican senators pointed out other issues with the BEAD program’s funding opportunity notice in a letter to U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce Alan Davidson, noting:

  • “Actively discriminate[es] “It could potentially deny workers access to reliable broadband service to their communities.”
  • It “favors government-owned networks over private investment” and risks “diverting program funding to less capable providers” — a real risk given the history of costly failures in municipal broadband.
  • “Despite Congress’ technology-neutral stance, it generally prohibits non-fiber projects from receiving BEAD funds.”
  • “It falsely suggests that states and the NTIA have the authority to regulate prices for broadband services.”
  • Redirect resources to address the threat of climate change.

car
Added“The Biden Administration’s cuts make it clear that we are hurtling toward broadband failure. With rate regulation, devolution of power over government-run networks, tech bias, union favoritism, and a host of other issues, many of the broadband builders who would normally bid on this work have no interest in receiving these funds.”

The commissioner found that the Biden administration has not only failed to deliver on its promises, but has thwarted those who could have, canceling “a contract with Starlink that would have provided high-speed internet to 642,000 rural areas.”

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August 2022In 2019, the FCC leadership reversed the agency’s previous decision to give $885 million in infrastructure funding to Elon Musk’s Starlink, which it had won in the 2020 FCC election.

Fox News Digital
Shown When asked for comment, the White House would not discuss the project’s failure, citing three states that received federal funds for broadband projects under an apparently separate initiative.

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