Coalition Urges Oversight of Broadband Stimulus

We were happy to sign onto a group letter organized by our friends at the Taxpayer Protection Alliance that urges Congress to impose stricter oversight on the broadband stimulus grants under the Farm Bill.  Billion sof taxpayer dollars are being doled out not to provide service in areas with no commerical providers, but to directly compete with companies that have invested their own, private funds in building networks.  That's wrong.  We support ending the program entirely, as the group letter urges, but at the very least stricter controls are needed to ensure that the subsidies are used only in unserved areas.