One of America's leading authorities on technology and telecom policy, Motley is a writer, television and radio commentator, political and policy strategist, lecturer, debater, activist, and policy advisor to The Heartland Institute.
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The 2009 “Stimulus” bill contained $7.2 billion for local government broadband — the federal government giving city, county and municipal governments money to get into the Internet Service Provider (ISP) business.
Everyone in Utah may be charged $20 a month to bail out UTOPIA, their woefully mis-named, decade-long disaster government broadband project. The government broadband iProvo lost tens of millions, then Google swooped in and purchased everything for one dollar.
Shocker: Google loves government broadband.
Government broadband is so terrible, in fact, that twenty states have passed laws limiting it.
Meanwhile, these local governments have been just as awful as stewards for their residents when it comes to private broadband. You know, the kind that actually works, the competition with government broadband.
Local governments shakedown the living daylights out of any wired company that comes asking to provide service — making it nearly impossible for them to do so. Which has resulted in many areas suffering a dearth of hardline options.
Government is (yet again) the problem. The answer to government isn’t more government. Unfortunately, no one has told this to Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Chairman Tom Wheeler.
Decrying this government-created lack of options, Wheeler has declared he will issue another Obama Administration fiat, steamrolling the laws of the twenty states and ramping up federal government spending on local government broadband.
Does the federal government have the authority to do this? Of course not.
And why not start with the thirty states that don’t have these laws? You know, be a little less dictatorial about it?
We answer all of this — and much more — in the accompanying video.
You’ll find the answers … disquieting.