Now he’s going after communications folks… Start learning your Navajo Language to keep one step ahead of ’em!
By JOELLE TESSLER AP Technology Writer
WASHINGTON — When Congress included $7.2 billion for broadband in last year’s stimulus bill, its goal was to bring high-speed Internet connections and information-age jobs to parts of the country desperate for both things.
Now as the government awards the money, some phone and cable companies complain that not all of it is being used to bring broadband to places that lack it. Instead, these companies say, much of the money will fund new networks in places where they already offer service.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains to the Great Plains, these companies fear they will have to compete with government-subsidized broadband systems, paid for largely with stimulus dollars. If the taxpayer-funded networks siphon off customers with lower prices, private companies warn that they could be less likely to upgrade their own lines, endangering jobs and undermining the goals of the stimulus plan.
“It is extremely unfair that the government comes in and uses big government money to harm existing private businesses,” says Gary Shorman, president of Eagle Communications, a Kansas cable company with about 16,000 customers.
Eagle is bracing for competition in its hometown of Hays from Rural Telephone Service Co., a phone company awarded $101 million in stimulus grants and loans to bring broadband to rural Kansas. Shorman’s prediction: “This hurts our company.”
Yet government officials handing out the awards and the backers of the projects being funded insist the money is being well spent.
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