“Broadband in this century must be treated as electricity was in the 20th century.” - Rep. James E. Clyburn (D-S.C.)

FCC announces billions of dollars in awards to provide rural areas with broadband access. Charter Communications, LTD Broadband and the Rural Electric Cooperative Consortium will each receive a little over $1 billion.  This would be a lot if it weren't spread out over ten years.

SpaceX received the promise of $886 Million to help in its quest to launch and build an earth orbiting "constellation" of 12,000 satellites.   So far it has launched and placed 1,000 satellites. Its pilot program to serve hundreds of thousands of customers in 35 states and Canada is titled "Better than Nothing." 


Municipal Broadband Is Roadblocked Or Outlawed In 22 States 



Mich. Comp. Laws Ann. § 484.2252

Michigan state law allows public entities to provide broadband services, but only if the public entity has first sought bids in the form of a request for proposal (RFP) on the project from private companies, and has only received less than three “qualified” bids.The public entity must also adhere to the same terms and conditions that private companies would need to meet as specified in the request for proposals. But doing so effectively eliminates some of the benefits that building a public network can offer residents.

Still, at least one community is working on a municipal broadband network. Traverse City’s City Light and Power board approved last summer financing for the first phase of a municipal fiber buildout. The board approved $3.5 million to serve the community’s first 2,200 customers. The total project is expected to cost $16 million.


Guns or Butter: Why Northfield Can't Have Broadband

It's everyone's introduction to public economics.  Your government has a limited amount of money.  Do you buy food or do you buy guns?

Do you finance a huge expansion to your sewer system so that illegally connected sump pumps can continue to illegally pump out Hamburg Lake area basements during once in a lifetime rainstorms?

- or do you find a way to bring broadband internet to your citizens?

Guns.  Or.  Butter.

Faster Sewage or Faster Internet?

Rivers of Shit or Rivers of Data?

Northfield Township's Board chose.