Wednesday, September 24, 2008

"How Can We Say There's Not Enough Money To Wire The Country With Fiber"

Good Question:
Anyone who's against the idea of America moving aggressively into a full fiber future tends to cite the enormous cost of doing so as a reason not to.

Yet the cost to do so is pretty clear: about $1000 a home, with about 100 million homes, that roughly equates to $100 billion.

If we can come up with a trillion dollars to make up for the reckless actions of irresponsible parties simply to stave off the potentially devastating impact their mistakes may have on our economy, why can't we invest a tenth of that in our future by upgrading the most important infrastructure of the 21st century?
That's from Geoff Daily of App-rising. The brutal answer, of course, is that this isn't actually confusing--though it should be. Geoff's complaint only makes sense if you assume that the current federal regime is run in the long-term interests of the country and its citizens; as it should be. If you instead assume that it is run in the short-term interests of corporate wealth then there is nothing confusing about failing to support fundamental infrastructure because large corporations might be offended and bailing out a whole class of non-performing corporations.

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