Last month I noted that Donald Trump was making empty promises on expanding rural Americans’ access to broadband Internet. His new infrastructure proposal proves my point:
President Donald Trump’s $200 billion infrastructure proposal released Monday includes $50 billion in funding for rural communities, but nothing specific for broadband deployment.
Even though Trump has, he has not committed any funding to help build networks. Instead, his efforts have been aimed at eliminating red tape and regulation to get infrastructure built.
…”I am deeply disappointed that the president failed to include dedicated broadband funding in his infrastructure proposal,” Rep. Peter Welch a Democrat from Vermont said in a statement. “This glaring omission is a betrayal of the rural voters that supported him in his election, and a missed opportunity to close the digital divide that separates rural and urban America” [Marguerite Reardon, “Trump Infrastructure Plan Leaves Out Rural Broadband Funding,” CNet.com, 2018.02.12].
More than a year in the White House, and Donald Trump still hasn’t learned to put his money where his mouth is.
And remember, Trump would offset the $200 billion in his infrastructure plan with $240 billion in cuts to other infrastructure and transportation spending, making his plan a net loss for the country.