Free Internet access for some, not for others
As part of the stimulus package, $7.2 billion has been set aside for cities and states whose Internet access is considered to be not fast enough. Today we discover that DeKalb County has won $13.2 million, the first of the $400 million for which Illinois eligible,
Chicago wants $100 million of that to create free public
wireless networks across the city.
Which raises the question: why should taxpayers pay for free public access for some? Why subsidize those in Chicago who can afford access? Why free access for Chicago and not, say, Lake Forest, or Harvey?
And this: Why is this a government function at all? We're each responsible for our own phone service, aren't we? And why is it stimulus money? Is it "shovel ready?"