A look at the proposed broadband stimulus from the consumer perspective – what has been lost?

Stop the Cap takes a look at the proposed broadband funding…

After weeks of tense negotiations to secure bipartisan support for the Biden Administration’s $1 trillion infrastructure stimulus measure, the White House appears to have largely capitulated to Republican efforts to water down funding to expand broadband service into a $65 billion package that will doubtless be a financial bonanza to the country’s largest phone and cable operators.

Here are some of the specific areas where Stop the Cap feels consumers were sold out:

  • Reduced speed requirements are a dream come true for cable operators.
  • Addressing affordability is now mostly wishful thinking.
  • Digital redlining is A-OK
  • Sky is the Limit pricing with onerous data caps are fine with us.
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About Ann Treacy

Librarian who follows rural broadband in MN and good uses of new technology (blandinonbroadband.org), hosts a radio show on MN music (mostlyminnesota.com), supports people experiencing homelessness in Minnesota (elimstrongtowershelters.org) and helps with social justice issues through Women’s March MN.

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