FCC Authorizes $20+ Million for Rural Broadband. But Will It Be Safe?

By B.N. Frank

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is supposed to protect Americans by regulating the telecom industry. Instead, they have been doing the exact opposite since long before the Trump administration.

Current FCC Chair, Ajit Pai, has referred to this as “not being heavy handed.” Lawsuits have been filed against the FCC for NOT protecting Americans from unsafe levels of radiation (see 1, 2) as well as 5G deployment (see 1, 2, 3). Activist Post archives are jam packed with articles about the FCC being on everybody’s s**t list except for Big Telecom’s and their cronies. It’s no surprise that the agency has authorized millions MORE taxpayer dollars for rural broadband. Of course there is no guarantee that any of this will be done safely.

From Benton:

The Federal Communications Commission authorized over $20 million in funding over ten years to expand rural broadband in Minnesota and Pennsylvania. Viasat will serve rural locations in Pennsylvania with $19,945,120 in FCC support, and Tribal provider Fond du Lac Communications, Inc. will receive $55,011 to provide gigabit fixed broadband to serve small, isolated communities in Tribal areas in Minnesota. The funding represents the 14th wave of support from the successful 2018 Connect America Fund Phase II auction. Providers must build out to 40% of the assigned homes and businesses in the areas won in a state within three years. Buildout must increase by 20% in each subsequent year, until complete buildout is reached at the end of the sixth year.

The FCC is part of “The Swamp” that Trump promised to drain. This can’t come soon enough.

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