The Infrastructure Bill and Broadband – Subsidizing Corruption

The proposed $65 billion infrastructure package for the development and expansion of broadband services is supposed to provide services to rural communities and to low income households. The reason that the prices are so high for broadband is that cable companies were made monopolies created by corrupt local government like the City of Los Angeles.  The broadband service became a new monopoly cash cow when they started losing television subscribers to the Internet. Politicians now want to give these monopolies billions because they have lost their monopolistic benefits by virtue of technology expansion.

The bill claims that this action is necessary so that “individuals and communities have the technology capacity that is needed for full participation in society and economy.”  If these groups have been excluded they have been excluded for at least the last 40 years.  I know for a fact because I tried to do it forty years ago.

In 1992 Congress passed a bill which is known as “Cable Television Consumer Protection and Competition Act of 1992”. The title reflected the grand lie that was being told to the American public about what the law contained. The consumer protection portion stripped local governments, which had created the cable television monopolies, of any power over rates or service by the monopoly provider. The competition portion, of the bill, was exactly the opposite. It protected the monopolies and made sure that no one could challenge those monopolies although they were in violation of the Constitution, according to the U.S. Supreme Court (City of Los Angeles vs Preferred Communications 476 U.S. 488 (1986)).

Rather than see their friends lose revenue after the many years of gouging the American public, Joe Biden and Congress have decided to subsidize the monopolies by pretending there is some benefit to low income households.  This is a glaring example of welfare for the rich.  The corrupt always want to pretend that they are looking out for the poor. Once again this is just a lie. What they intend to do is distribute these funds to the monopoly cable television companies to make up for the lost revenue they are experiencing because of increased speeds for cell phones and digital streaming.

While they talk of infrastructure, the same government has refused to allow local low income and minority communities to build their own infrastructure for cable-television with their own money and without government subsidies. This has been long hidden from the American public. From 1980 to 1992 the City of Los Angeles spent more than $10 million to prevent competition in the cable television industry. Now the Los Angeles will receive up to $500 million to cover their corruption.

The 1992 Cable-Television Act was supported and voted for by both Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer.  The effect of the law was to protect corrupt local governments like Los Angeles and the beneficiaries of that corruption. 

The issue of expanding broadband access will be solved by satellite utilization and by private industry before the effect of the $65 billion can be felt by anybody in the inner-city or low-income communities. This $65 billion is mostly a payoff for the rich monopolies they created decades ago. The insinuation that the government is somehow looking out for low income people and those in rural areas is once again just a deceptive lie created by a bunch of hypocritical corrupt politicians. 

From 1980 to 1992 a minority company attempted to invest $50 million in the lowest income community of Los Angeles to provide independent cable service that would be provided by monopoly companies. Still no infrastructure was allowed in poor and minority communities because no investment was allowed by those communities within themselves. There are laws against monopolies in most industries and the restraint of trade created by monopolies is covered by a series of laws known as antitrust laws. But the hypocrites and corrupt political officials simply ignore the reality of what has happened in order to provide a giant gift to their rich political friends.

Don’t be deceived or tricked they have some interest in providing service to rural areas or the low-income communities because they clearly haven’t cared for the last 40 years. The lie was confirmed in 1992 when the Democratic Congress overrode the veto of the President of the United States to make sure this corruption became law.

The $65 billion broadband fund that is part of the proposed infrastructure Bill that is being pushed by Congress and the President is little more than a con game. Coming from Joe Biden and Chuck Schumer this is the ultimate in insults to the American public. These 2 men were major supporters of the 1992 Cable-Television Act which provided protection for the monopolies created by corrupt local governments throughout the United States. Let’s go Brandon.

Selling out Black America

The concept of selling out the Black race in America can only be accomplished by someone who is supposed to have an allegiance to the race. The allegiance usually comes in the form of political figures that claim to be representing Black people at some governmental level. The civil rights organizations are also complicit for their disregard of Black rights. 

The sellout comes as someone knowingly commits an act to betray the community or sells out the interests of the community as a whole. This is the state of Black politics in America today.  Corrupt politicians have shown a total disregard for the constitutional rights of Black America for the last 40 years. I only speak of the 40 years because I have lived the behavior of Black politicians during this time and it has been atrocious.

The concept is really very simple.  Only someone you have placed your trust in can sell you out.  Black America has had great trust and dependence upon Black politicians especially in the Democratic Party. The sellout has been accomplished by those who claim to be representing Black America as political representatives.

The sellout is accomplished by making sure the Black America cannot participate in the free market system that is the basis of America. The 1980’s and the 1990’s saw Black America denied access to technology that could have substantially improved their educational and economic conditions.

Where were the civil rights organizations to speak up for those who civil rights were being violated on a continual basis. They are the other part of the sellout.   This violation was confirmed by the U.S. Supreme Court but was ignored by civil rights organizations such as the NAACP, the Urban League and the ACLU. Those who fail to acknowledge the constitutional rights that were being violated were those who are selling out Black America. It is not just one person but entire organizations and groups that sell you out. Remember you can only be sold out by those who you trust.

I can speak of the cable television industry, because of my direct involvement, that during the 1980s and 1990s was both a major media power source and a major financial and capital investment. By locking Black America out of this multibillion dollar investment Black politicians were able to give entrance into this lucrative field to their friends and benefactors who were rarely Black.

In Los Angeles the cable television license that served the Black community was given to Eli Broad, a billionaire contributor of Mayor Tom Bradley. This rich contributor thereby controlled all the rights to free speech and press that existed within the Black community of Los Angeles. The ability to educate ourselves was denied. How has that worked out?

One of the key leaders of the sellout, in Los Angeles, was Mayor Tom Bradley. Tom Bradley was mayor of the City of Los Angeles from 1973 to 1993. During those 20 years Mayor Bradley did absolutely nothing to benefit the Black community and did everything in his power to limit the access by the Black community to civil and constitutional rights that were guaranteed to them by the Constitution. He had major public structures named after him and is often revered by the media as a leader of the Black community and of the Black political growth over the last 40 years.  That is what happens when you do not control the media you must consume.

Tom Bradley has been held up to the public as a trusted and supportive character. This is both a lie and a perversion of the behavior of Tom Bradley during his tenure as mayor of the City Los Angeles. The only identifiable thing that you can find involving Tom Bradley and the Black community were the riots of 1992 over police brutality. 

No people can truly be free if they do not have the power to use the First Amendment to speak freely. There is a reason why it is the First Amendment.  Tom Bradley was the essential element on behalf of the City of Los Angeles for limiting the rights of Black Americans in South-Central Los Angeles to access cable television as being the modern technology that existed in the 1980s and 1990s. The violation of Supreme Court rulings and the continued violation clearly shows that the Black leaders that existed within the city Los Angeles were working the sellout. They did not care at all that Black America was losing their First Amendment rights and its right to a free press to address the issues that were necessary within its own community.