Welcome congressional investigation of broadband stimulus projects in Minnesota

Don’t miss today’s article from Franklin Center’s Watchdog Minnesota reporter, Tom Steward,  Congress investigating MN broadband stimulus project. This excerpt caught my eye:

“While the committee recognizes the importance of expanding broadband access to rural areas of the country, we are concerned with suggestions that the BIP program may have been used to overbuild existing systems rather than extend service to areas that legitimately meet the underserved/unserved eligibility requirements,” states Upton’s nine-page letter. “Materials reviewed by committee staff also raise questions as to whether RUS adequately considered the financial viability of the Lake County project before committing $66.4 million in government funding.” 
And this:
“Overbuilding diverts scare budget resources from areas without broadband service to areas with service and can impede vital private-sector investment,” the committee’s letter says. “Given the need to ensure the most efficient and effective use of federal dollars and guard against waste, fraud, and abuse, we ask that GAO conduct an in-depth analysis of work already completed under BIP.” 
Couldn’t have said it better.
This entry was posted in Federal Action and Grants, government competition, Municipal broadband, Overbuilding, Rural broadband and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

1 Response to Welcome congressional investigation of broadband stimulus projects in Minnesota

  1. Lennie Theis says:

    This is a total waste of our dollars. Southwest broadband is giving to towns who already have internet service. The residents living in rural areas are not being served. The project they are doing is redundant. They went to the more populated areas, like jackson, okabena, lakefield,etc. What about the people who actually live in the country. This is a total waste of federal dollars. This money should be paid back and the project overhauled

Leave a Reply to Lennie Theis Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s