Where's the so-called liberal media when you need it? Large carriers like Verizon, Qwest and AT&T say they are refusing to apply for broadband stimulus funds because they don't want to accept government "strings" and because they can't "compete" with government, and the national media repeats their charges verbatim.
The National Telecommunications and Information Agency (NTIA) and the Rural Utility Service (RUS) are the two federal agencies tasked with distributing $7.2 billion for projects extending broadband Internet services to areas that have been largely abandoned by the incumbent carriers. The agencies have started processing applications and expect to start doling out grants later this year.
It's not surprising that the carriers would squawk about this program -- it puts their failures under a harsh spotlight -- but it's a little startling to see the media swallow their propaganda lock, stock and hogwash. And hogwash is what it is.
To read more, please see Media Helps Carriers Spread Broadband Stimulus FUD on my Government IT blog at InformationWeek.