The federal government doesn’t belong in the Internet business. But, of course the stimulus bill offers up $7.2 billion for broadband projects. In a recent meeting the agencies charged with passing out the taxpayer money couldn’t even agree on which communities are unserved, areas that don’t have high-speed Internet now and aren’t likely to get it anytime soon. My new column looks at the ways the government can identify these communities and which technology is going to be best for them.
Steven Titch served as a policy analyst at Reason Foundation from 2004 to 2013.