The FCC just approved a couple of billion dollars to improve school wi-fi, and I thought the objections of one of the Republican board members were a perfect example of the stupidity of the knee-jerk Republican responses to everything:
Republican Commissioner Ajit Pai is doubtful, saying during today’s meeting that “any talk of fiscal responsibility will be short-lived. In five months, maybe six, we’ll be back at this table discussing how much to increase Americans’ phone bills. Universal service contribution rates have jumped 60 percent under this administration. What’s a few billion dollars more?”
The FCC is also aiming to simplify the application process to make it easier for schools and libraries to apply. Even here, though, Pai said that “schools and libraries generally still have to fill out a 17-page application to receive funding.” They’ll also have to follow “specialized procurement rules,” wait months to receive any funding comments, and decide how to spend E-rate funds “up to a year before the school year begins.”
Pai argued that schools and libraries should be given more leeway to make their own decisions on how to spend the money.
This is the Republican “the food there is no good and the portions are too small” approach to government. Gripe about how expensive things are, make sure there are no regulations so that the inevitable rip-offs make things more expensive, and then bitch about how government incompetence lets us get ripped off.