After studying the warranty and some augury involving small animals, the Policy Werkes concludes that your humble bloggeur will never be as virtuous as the average Madison alderoid.
For the Madison Common Council and its mayor for life, every day is Christmas. It is always better to give because they rarely receive.
We have recounted how Madison shoveled $400,000 to “study” the police, thereby jettisoning any chance of getting more of these problematic cops on the federal government’s charge card. So let’s turn to the latest outbreak of misguided compassion: the Emerald City’s crusade to bridge “the digital divide.”
Some may vow to Make America Great Again. Madison has loftier goals. One way to combat the inherent white privilege that lurks just beneath the surface of every guilty liberal like a cold sore virus is to Make Madison More Digitally Inclusive.
Bring high-speed internet to low-income neighborhoods and it’s all candy and nuts in Santa’s workshop.
“The digital divide is a serious issue in our society,” declares city chief information officer Paul Kronberger, as quoted in the excellent reportage of Dean Mosiman for the Wisconsin State Journal. So many serious issues, so little taxpayer money. Who knew?
“Access to internet needs to be a basic right …,” Ald. Mo Cheeks chimed in. Sigh. So many rights, so few responsibilities.
So Madison’s dudly do-rights descended upon crime-ridden neighborhoods like Allied Drive, Darbo-Worthington, Brentwood and Kennedy Heights. If these neighborhoods could surf the web and download entire gaming files in an instant, maybe they’d stop shooting each other.
After two years and spending more than $500,000, the Emerald City brought a grand total of 19 families into the digital daylight. Nineteen.
Because, you see, recipients were asked to make a nominal payment of $9.99 a month for unlimited data and data speed of at least 25 MBps — plus call center, 24-hour support, infrastructure maintenance and network monitoring.
Nineteen. The effort, commented the chairman of something called the Digital Technology Committee “seems to have failed in some sense …, ” according to Abigail Becker’s reporting in The Capital Times.
Not that the Emerald City is giving up. No price is too great to pay to Command/Delete the digital divide at 25 megabits per second.
The half a million spent so far is only a down payment, a pilot project to a larger program called “Fiber to the Premises” that, we are told, could cost $200 million in public and private investment. Two Hundred Million Dollars.
And Madison is nickel and diming for more police.