You, dear taxpayer, got to pay a whopping $7 million per household from the $timulus to wire up some Montana folks with broadband internet.
The area is not in any meaningful sense unserved or even underserved. As many as seven broadband providers, including wireless, operate in the area. Only 1.5% of all households in the region had no wireline access. And if you include 3G wireless, there were only seven households in the Montana region that could be considered without access. So the cost of extending access in the Montana case comes to about $7 million for each additional household served.
Wow. That’s getting in the ballpark of corporate jet money.