“Whether BEAD will be vulnerable to the same failures remains to be seen”
Ooh, ooh… I know this one!
It’ll involve lots of money firehosed to the usual suspects - Comcast, AT&T et al… who will, if they’re feeling scrutinized, make a desultory and token effort to give 1 house in each underserved zip code high-speed access. Then they will argue with a straight face that they’ve got 100% coverage in that area - job done.
And in a couple of years they’ll be back asking for more money to do the job properly this time, honest, just like we claimed we did last time and the time before that… and the FCC and the local pols will all suffer their usual amnesia and forget that they’re being asked to pay yet again for the same thing.
Meanwhile, I’m in the heart of Oregon’s tech area, adjacent to 3 metro areas, and have to make do with a 16Mbit microwave relay link across the valley, for a very reasonable (!) $125/month. Sigh.