The Office of Rural Broadband Internet Act

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Contact your Congressman/Cogresswoman and let them know this is important to you.
https://www.wyden.senate.gov/news/pre...
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David Kingman

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Posted 5 months ago

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Well Viasat had a map on there twitter feed some months back that said they offer broadband for all across the nation. Currently broadband is defined as 25Mbps.

Initiatives like this will just mean companies like Hughesnet and Viasat will get more money from the government to deliver something that will disappoint (look to money given out during the Obama era for this. What did it get us?).
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David Kingman

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So why bother doing anything, right? Better just go back to bed. Don’t bother to vote or get involved?
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What VetSatUser probably means is any bill or law that stops short of making internet a utility won’t ever be enough.

I’m usually against the government taking over anything, but unless 5G becomes a National effort, or LEOs, company’s will take the money and never deliver. Look at Spectrum in NY. Look at what ATT did with the last round of money.
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Read the bill, it doesn't do much:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/115/s2959/text

Lots of coordination, assessment and tracking... pass it, we'll find out what's in it. It's just a reintroduction of last year's bill so far.

Follow this year at:

https://www.govtrack.us/congress/bills/116/s454

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I agree with Bradley. Nothing short of something like the Rural Electrification Act which will bring hard wired broadband internet to rural areas is a waste of time and money as previous efforts have fleeced the taxpayers as corporations take the money, over promise, and under deliver.
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I disagree. I think anything that keeps the issue in front of congress is a good thing. We’re dealing with congress not Elon Musk.
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Dealing with Congress?

Bunch of socialist whack jobs on one side of the aisle and a do nothing group on the other side when they had a majority.

Yea. They will gets things done ;)
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So you gonna get something like the  Rural Electrification Act done without them? ;) Do you have a pen and a phone?
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Nope. I dont expect anything to happen. What was that called?
Connect America?
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Pen and a phone? No, that was the prior president's executive action strategy - "I've got a pen and I've got a phone".

Not that there's anything wrong with that...
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Oh. You mean like an executive action!

Anyhow, I have little faith in the government doing anything to improve rural internet. My county had one if those initiatives about 10 years ago. Complete disaster. The company doing it took the money, maybe brought internet to 10% of the area, then declared bankruptcy leaving an unfinished system still 10 years later.
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This topic reminds me of Solyndra.
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Michael McDowell

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Who is she?
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An solar energy company that conveniently went bankrupt after out last President gave them half a billion dollars.
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If you like your plan, you can keep your plan.

Of course there is no guarantee your plan wont be changed ;)
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Terry Hill

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Only guarantee is your card will get charged.
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Harvey Mueller

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And a guarantee to add on a surtax to increase your bill to fund this great pan
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Harvey Mueller

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And a guarantee to add on a surtax to increase your bill to fund this great plan
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This bill doesn't do any more than Pres Trumps Executive action last January.   This bill creates a new bureau to coordinate with 4 existing bureaus in order to eliminate bureaucracy. 

https://community.viasat.com/viasat/topics/trump-signs-executive-order-expanding-broadband-internet

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If it were to become like the Broadband for All initiative in NY, we'll still be left out in the cold.  Making it a public utility is what's needed, but that's considered to be like "regulation" for some, and regulation is a swear word for many in the government, regardless of how many people it could help.  Big business ALWAYS wins, and with "regulation" they wouldn't be able to win like they normally could.  We lose.  

Maybe, someday, but I'm not holding my breath.  
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