The Internet divide, Puerto Rico hurricane funding fraud, and Fear of flying

Covid-19 has pushed Internet demand to new levels, but you might be surprised to hear tens of millions of Americans have no access to high-speed internet.

That’s the subject of my cover story Sunday on Full Measure.

We’ll answer a few big questions: How much tax money is being spent to fix the issue? And what’s happened to the billions of tax dollars already given to big companies over the years for this purpose?

You might be surprised to learn the government says it did not track with specificity — and companies who received taxpayer money did not report — who got wired up where over the past decade with the billions spent.

The new project to bridge the Internet divide will come with more accountability required.

Also Sunday, I follow up my investigation into Puerto Rico corruption and fraud in the wake of all of the tax money committed to hurricane recovery efforts.

There are dozens of charges among numerous politicians, contractors and even FEMA officials arrested for bribery, corruption and fraud.

Full Measure in Puerto Rico

And Scott Thuman will tell us how the airlines are trying to get passengers past their fear of flying in the age of coronavirus.

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2 thoughts on “The Internet divide, Puerto Rico hurricane funding fraud, and Fear of flying”

  1. Is that the corrupt practices that followed the tropical storms of last year? The mayor of San Juan left several pallets of drinking water on the runway of the airport and didn’t distribute to the citizens. And she complained about President Trump not giving Puerto Rico any help?

  2. Internet service is no good they have an oligopoly and they take advantage of the customer. First who would pay for a service and expect to receive only 75% of what was advertised – download speed – and an asymmetrical line that is 500 kb/s upload? Well when you buy bandwidth that’s generally what you get if you’re lucky. I pay Consolidated Communications (telephone) over $100/m for 6Mb/s (in Romania you can get >100Mb/s for $20/m). This is my only form of engagement with the outside world; I don’t watch TV and I don’t have a cell phone (but I help pay for others free cell phones with a tax on my regular phone). I had a complaint for years of sporadic service. They first said it was my house wiring; it wasn’t and they knew it. Finally one technician, after years of service calls, hooked up his laptop to my line and said ” Why no blinky blinky”; he went out on the pole reconfigured something and it has worked well for a year or so. But it’s starting again and I filed a complaint with the FCC. Probably nothing will come of it except maybe harassment from my ISP. I’m thinking of switching to Armstrong Cable, which is my only other option, and they have a data cap. They don’t have a very good reputation either.

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