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.

Your Rights Are Worthless. Thank you, Joe Biden

In 1992 a little-known part of the 1992 Cable-Television Act was directed against small business and minorities who sought to access media and technology through the cable television industry, using public right of ways. The hidden clause in the 1992 Cable-Television Act was that no matter how the constitutional rights of citizens were abused and denied by local governments, no one could sue such local governments for the violation of those rights and collect damages. You could steal the constitutional right of citizens without penalty.  A law without penalty is not a law but is a recommendation.  The Constitution has become little more than a recommendation.

The law was promoted by Joe Biden and would effectively negate the First Amendment rights of all citizens who had not been privileged by receiving licenses from their political friends.  Joe Biden was a United States Senator and a major supporter of this legislation.

This action protected the criminal behavior of corrupt local governments throughout the nation but the largest beneficiary was the City of Los Angeles. Corruption is just regular business at L.A. City Hall.  The license covering 95% of Black citizens in Los Angeles was approximately 180,000 homes, which is larger than most cities in the U.S.

This law was passed despite the fact that the United States Supreme Court had said in 1986 that local governments which refused to allow more than one cable television license in the city, using public right of ways, were in violation of the Constitution the United States. This ruling was made on behalf of a Black owned company. The Congress, controlled by the Democratic Party, did nothing to see that the ruling of the United States Supreme Court was carried out to protect the citizens that elected them. The effect of this legislation was that no one would dare to sue for their rights if they could not receive damages for having had their rights denied by the criminal behavior of local politicians.

The US Supreme Court in 1986 had put all local governments and cities on notice, in the case City of Los Angeles vs Preferred Communications, that their actions violated the U.S. Constitution. A substantial portion of local government refusal to allow for the construction of competitive cable television systems was based upon widespread corruption. This corruption has been documented in many cities including New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. It is not surprising that these are all Democratic strongholds.

The largest legal action that this law affected was that ruled on by the U.S. Supreme Court. Preferred Communications was a minority-owned company which had been seeking to provide cable television service in the minority area of the city Los Angeles for more than 10 years. Preferred had been in court more than 10 years at a cost of millions of dollars.  The area that was covered by Preferred Communications would have been approximately 500,000 people of mostly minority representation.

If you cannot receive damages for the damage that has been done to you by corrupt local governments then in fact you can never be made whole and your rights are fundamentally worthless. This legislation was passed 6 years after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling. Corruption by local governments all across the United States would effectively eliminate the constitutional rights of minority citizens, who were the main ones trying to get access to media in many major cities. Now minorities are forced to beg giant media companies for diversity in programming.

This legislation was so contrary to the basic rule of law and the Constitution that President Bush vetoed the law. The Democratic Party controlled Congress and overrode the President’s veto and made monopolies for their friends without any hint of consideration for potential competition within a multibillion-dollar industry. You can look at the campaign contributions given by the cable television industry and see how much money politicians, of limited integrity, accrued by limiting the rights of the citizens of the United States.

If your rights were violated only in the cable television industry by local corrupt governments you could not collect damages from those governments despite the fact that their criminal behavior was knowingly in violation of the Constitution. This made major constitutional rights virtually worthless.

How many other rights have they hidden in other legislation that made other constitutional rights become worthless also. This is how corrupt politicians work.  Thank you, Joe Biden.

The Tyranny Surprise?

Tyranny is not a recent event in America.  Tyranny is not something that was developed during the pandemic. I have lived for 40 years under the tyrannical government of the City of Los Angeles. No, I did not accept such tyranny quietly.  I have fought tyranny with more than 12 years of my life and millions of dollars in legal fees.  The minority citizens of Los Angeles were the ones who are most affected by such tyranny. The tyranny by the City of Los Angeles is clearly documented in its refusal to obey the United States Supreme Court rulings that were issued against it. Tyranny cannot only exist with politicians but must have the complicity of judges and voting citizens.

I have seen the results of this tyranny on minority communities. Now the rest of America is experiencing the tyranny that has been perpetrated against minorities but now applies to them. Now everyone seems to be concerned. There must be freedom for all or there is freedom for none and since freedom is dead in minority communities can the rest of America be far behind. Loss of my civil rights which I’ve documented in several books over the last 10 years cannot be denied. The willingness of civil rights organizations to completely ignore the deprivation of rights for minorities is an example of how tyranny grows and exists.

Tyranny and corruption go hand in hand. Once again, the City of Los Angeles is a classic example of the situation. When government officials believe that the law does not apply to them, the definition of tyranny, then they also don’t obey the law when it comes to their actions. The City of Los Angeles in the last 18 months has had 3 of the 15 city councilpersons indicted or convicted of federal corruption charges. It is quite clear that if 3 are convicted and indicted then there are many more on the City Council who were involved in such behavior. We do not believe that all the bank robbers are caught when we take one bank robber to jail. Public officials believe that the law does not apply to them.

The results of tyranny can be clearly seen in minority communities throughout the United States. The high level of violence and the high level of unemployment and poverty go hand in hand. This is not limited  only to the City of Los Angeles but is also applicable to New York, Chicago and many other the cities.

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