Congress to look into allegations that Obama’s rural broadband access stimulas program is rife with fraud and abuse
There is not much that is modern in Agate [CO], except at the 11-student elementary school, which has three high-speed fiber optic Internet connections – more than nearly every school in Denver, 70 miles to the west, and, for that matter, just about any school in the country. And it is something, the school says, that it doesn’t need. …
[L]ocal phone companies have complained about waste or unfair competition, like using some of the grants to build fiber networks where they already exist – including, in Colorado, in the easily accessible eastern plains that include Agate – rather than where they are most needed, in rural mountain towns.
After the Commerce Department Inspector General cited concerns about the lack of oversight over the 230 grants that have already been awarded, $594 million in spending was temporarily or permanently halted and the House subcommittee overseeing the program is planning to hold a hearing into allegations of fraud and waste.