As you know, I am a huge proponent of the internets. If someone could put the internets into a bottle and sale that shit for, like, a dollar, I would be walking around town with a bag full of bottles of internets. It isn’t an addiction. I can stop anytime I want. But, thanks to an obnoxiously huge and badly needed stimulus bill, I might never have to worry about finding a wi-fi link up ever again. From my homies at Rueters:
The House Energy and Commerce Committee backed including about $3 billion in grants to expand Internet service as part of a larger economic stimulus bill, including a provision requiring “open access” in wireless service and on the Internet. The Democratically-controlled committee on Thursday cleared the provisions aimed at expanding high-speed Internet and wireless service in rural and hard-to-serve areas over objections from several Republican members. Another $3 billion sought for broadband expansion in rural areas will be considered by the House Agriculture Committee. The Democrats’ overall $825-billion stimulus plan is expected to go before the full House next week for a vote. The massive package includes tax cuts plus funding for roads, mass transit, healthcare and other projects.
Does that mean we’ll have the wireless link ups all across the country, like my brothers and sisters in parts of central Europe? No. $3 billion dollars is just a very tiny drop in a giant bucket. It will take a whole lot more than that. But hey, guess what? At least we’re trying. Now, how about we get some jobs going on around up in this piece.