While I do believe that there is a role for government in the development of infrastructure, including the high tech kind, I'm generally skeptical of projects that simply expand access to proven technologies in areas where the market could do the job. I live in the Green Bay area and manage to post to this blog several times a week, so it's not exactly as if this is an internet wasteland. I don't know yet what exactly will be proposed, but it's not going to be Rural Free Delivery. In fact, Wisconsin already ranks 9th in the nation in individual internet use. (H/T Cindy Kilkenny).
These days, though, a specific and limited goal is no longer sufficient for government programs. The report on this announcement included this:
The RecoveryWow, is there anything stimulus can't do? Don't get too excited though, here was the next line of the report:
Actinitiative will “help bridge the technological divide, boost economic development, create jobs and improve education and health care” through the improvement of Internet access, according to the department.
No other details were provided.Huh, I wonder why?