Grants aren’t the answer here
To the editor:
After reading the article “High-speed Internet project at a standstill due to town vote” on June 19, my immediate reaction was, what part of the “specifics” that have been stated in past articles, letters, or meetings about the enormous expense of obtaining high-speed Internet service in rural areas does the media or anybody not get?
A few years ago, the Board of Selectmen and the Town Administrator of Rindge decided to have FastRoads run service to “several businesses and residences,” rather than tell FastRoads it is all or nothing and negotiate a reasonable price, which is their own fault. Though it still remains that it would be too costly for most to subscribe to the fiber-based Internet access.
It was and is obvious that FastRoads isn’t going to do the whole town. Even “Cable TV” won’t wire the whole town, and I fought with petitions with the cable company, and was met with the same answer — not enough homes per mile. It wasn’t worth the money for the cable company. No cable lines down my road after 30 years. You make the best of what you can and cannot receive when you move to rural areas.
We voted, we did our homework, researched what HUD grants entail. We get it! The federal government makes demands to the state government and they dictate to the local government what they want to take over — yes, take over.
Not all grants are harmful, however on HUD grants, one can understand that all come with a price to pay one way or another. Many times I’ve read, “The goal, in essence, is to force state and local governments into submission using a ‘carrot and stick’ approach, and how state and local authorities would be forced to obey.” Of course there are those that say this is propaganda, however, I say to them, “Read the history, go back all the way to the U.S. Housing Corporation of 1916, go through each administration up to now, you’ll come across all the grants.”
In the meantime, those who are in support of HUD grants will continue to fuel this. Good luck to us and all the towns, or should I say all of New Hampshire, fighting for “Live Free or Die.”