Monday, February 8, 2016

Bevin Doesn't Know What the Fuck He's Doing, Part 15

Yeah, government bringing basic modern utilities to every home lacking affordable access to that utility never works.  Everybody remembers the utter catastrophe of Rural Electrification. Millions of rural families brought into the 20th century and desperate communities getting a permanent economic boost. What a tragedy.  If only Governor Lying Coward had been there to turn the project over to his corporate buddies so only rich people could have electricity.  Because they earned it.

Bill Estep at the Herald:

Gov. Matt Bevin said Friday that he wants to scale back an ambitious plan to build a high-speed broadband network around the state to instead focus on Eastern Kentucky.

Bevin said the original idea behind what ultimately became the KentuckyWired project was to provide broadband to Eastern Kentucky, where counties that long relied on the coal industry have been slammed by a sharp drop in coal jobs.

Many leaders in the region see high-speed Internet service as a crucial need in creating opportunities for new jobs in technology, health care and other fields.

However, that idea “morphed” into a plan to install 3,400 miles of fiber-optic cable around the state, which made it “somewhat untenable,” Bevin said after a meeting of the board of the Shaping Our Appalachian Region initiative.

“There weren’t enough dollars nor was there an ability to do that as effectively as anyone would have liked,” Bevin said of the statewide project. “My intent is to see it come back more to its original intent, and let’s start there.”
More lies from the motherfucking liar.  There's plenty of money in Kentucky for public projects - money that has been stolen by rich people and corporations not paying their fair share in taxes and getting even more obscenely rich on state contracts that rip off the taxpayers. 
Bevin said it is his “absolute intention” to make sure broadband comes to Eastern Kentucky.
Yep, lots of very expensive broadband installed at huge public expensive by thieving corporations with state contracts.

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And poor people in Kentucky's rural areas will still be shut out.

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