Georgia to get 1 of 15 broadband access grants

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ATLANTA — The Commerce Department will award Georgia millions in federal funding for broadband mapping and planning.

The state is among 15 getting the funds under the agency's state Broadband Data and Development Grant Program. The program is funded with stimulus funds and is intended to increase broadband access and use. The $2.2 million award will be distributed over a two-year period to the Georgia Technology Authority.

Last week, Vice President Joe Biden visited North Georgia to announce $33.5 million in federal funding that part of the state under a program designed to expand broadband access to rural areas across the country.

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UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/24/09 - 08:33 am
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"broadband mapping and

"broadband mapping and planning." Sounds kinda like the downtown trolley to me. No mention of when it might actually be be functional and provide any benefit.

freespeach
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freespeach 12/24/09 - 09:45 am
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"Among 15 states getting the
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"Among 15 states getting the funds" means taxpayers from all 50 states contributed this money that only goes to 15 states. How do you like that? This is what big government is all about. Not everybody pays taxes (even if you don't, you'll get a "refund"). Not everyone gets the benefits. The bureaucrats that work for the federal government get their money first. Then it is distributed to states, but not based on fairness. It is based on bureaucrat discretion and political maneuvering. Anyone who advocates for bigger government is an idiot.

TrukinRanger
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TrukinRanger 12/24/09 - 09:51 am
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So freespeach.. I guess you'd
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So freespeach.. I guess you'd turn down either medicare or medicaid and social security when you qualify (If you don't already..)... don't come back with something like you paid into it... well, all of us pay into it. That sure would be hypocritical.

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lawyerdude 12/24/09 - 10:24 am
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To whom do those like

To whom do those like freespeach attribute our interstate highway system, NASA space program, the best fighting forces in the world, our network of dams and lakes for clean water and the many other PRODUCTS OF BIG GOVERNMENT we all take for advantage and use every day. If you want to live without big government then think of the time of your grandparents - ho highways, no running water, limited electrical power, etc. Big government has given us many good things, and only a few bad. We can all live better if we work as a collective unit. If you don't like big government and the privileges and obligations it requires, perhaps you and others like you can find a deserted island where you and "go it on your own." Good bye!

Riverman1
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Riverman1 12/24/09 - 10:38 am
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Oh, so it's working as a

Oh, so it's working as a "collective unit" you want. Collective farms and all that huh? We are getting there. But you say look at the interstate highway system, running water and electrical power as examples of what the federal government has done. If you believe that, go work the rutabagas on a collective farm. Or get back on the turnip truck and keep riding merrily along uninformed.

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imdstuf 12/24/09 - 11:31 am
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Well, I do know people in

Well, I do know people in rural areas get ripped off with the prices for Satellite internet, plus the uploads are supposedly about as bad as dial up. Then again when you choose to live out in the sticks you do expect to take the good with the bad. Personally for me not being a few minutes to a supermarket would be more of a hassle.

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Little Lamb 12/24/09 - 05:55 pm
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Well, if any of you know a

Well, if any of you know a young person who needs work and can learn to operate a Ditch Witch, tell them to look for job opportunities. You can lay a lot of fiber optic with $2.2 million.

UncleStrom
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UncleStrom 12/24/09 - 05:58 pm
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Little Lamb, you certainly

Little Lamb, you certainly could if it was an actual installation project. Please see my first post on this topic. Nothing is being done other than looking and scribbling notes with this money.

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