• Super WiFi is Finally Going to Serve America’s Rural Areas…Unless the Democrats Crush it

    Everything government touches turns to crap. To be honest they’re not good at running anything.

    That’s why the latest Democrat idea to literally compete with private sector companies over providing the last WiFi to our rural areas is so problematic.

    Truth be told, it is simply another way to conveniently “misplace” millions of dollars into the annals of bureaucracy.

    Congressional Democrats yesterday came out with another way to spend Billions of unnecessary dollars to “fix” a problem. That should be your first clue we are off track.

    Apparently, Democrats just realized that a lot of rural America is sparsely populated and shockingly still doesn’t have many of the amenities that those living in cities take for granted…one being access to good WiFi.

    Their new plan is to spend an additional $40 billion (Yup, that’s Billion) to compete with private companies to provide high-speed internet access. That’s just what we need, another Democrat “Universal” Plan taking competition out of the hands of the private sector.

    Could it be the Democrats just realized there are new technologies about to break through the regulatory swamp left by their President Obama?

    One of the most obvious, Super WiFi has been tested by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) since 2008! Unfortunately, the FCC under Obama succeeded in not allowing this technology to move forward as a new open standard.

    Super WiFi works a lot like the WiFi we know, but instead of covering a single house or business, each Super WiFi tower would cover several square miles.

    No more digging up roads to lay a new cable. This will allow access in many rural areas who have been left in the dark until now. It’s really quite exciting technology as long as government doesn’t ruin it.

    No more having a signal in one room but not the room you want. No more phone companies claiming the latest technology can’t reach your town until the state gives them more money.

    Super WiFi uses “whitespaces,” aka unused radio spectrum, to allow local towers to broadcast a data signal that covers an area without having to string a new wire to every house or dig up every street throughout the state. The FCC just has to finish their bureaucratic rulemaking and save three channels in every market across the country.

    Once they do that, the free marketplace can take off and does the rest.

    No one with kids in school these days argues that high-speed internet access isn’t a requirement. It’s literally impossible to do some of the work without access to the internet. The ability to do schoolwork easier and faster is only part of the use. Students now can access special classes across their state, find better research sources more quickly than we ever could. Our children will learn more and find solutions to challenges we never thought possible, but not without access to reliable to WiFi.

    And yes, high-speed internet access makes that possible – along with watching the latest sports highlight reel.

    This simple action by the FCC will give the private sector the opportunity to provide high-speed internet access to nearly everyone across all of America. All without spending billions of tax dollars on years of stringing copper wire. Instead, towns across the United States could have high-speed access to the Internet without creating another “Universal” government program.

    Consumers would benefit from multiple companies competing to provide a service. This is how our economic system works. Companies compete and better service at the best prices finds its way to the consumer. That is, unless the Democrats and the Feds don’t crush it all by getting involved and turn it all into an over-burdensome regulatory nightmare.

    Let’s hope they don’t. Our rural people have waited long enough to enjoy what city people have had for years.

    S.C. Sherman

    Senior Editor

    Steve Sherman is an author, popular radio commentator, and former Iowa House candidate. His articles have appeared nationally in both print and online for Townhall, Human Events, Clash Daily, Washington Times, Washington Examiner, Red Alert Politics, Forbes, NRATV and others. All of his novels including his most recent tome, Lone Wolf Canyon, a modern day western that infuriates the left and all "Snowflakes," are available here.

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