As Senator Nesbitt continues to plays politics, he is doubling down on creating huge tax loop holes for Internet providers. To understand his reasoning, you need not look further than his declaration that former FCC Chairman Ajit Pai’s resignation was a “big loss”.
Sharing the same industry-first and consumer-last mentality, Chairman Pai led the FCC to dismantle net neutrality (which ensures that providers couldn’t charge more for certain data, for example Comcast charging more to watching NetFlix) and had a tenure marked by skyrocketing prices and a billion dollars in wasted funds. Strong assets for Senator Nesbitt I guess.
An urgent need across much of rural Michigan, Internet access remains expensive or completely unavailable despite much rhetoric and many tax dollars spent. There has been a failure at both the national and state levels to seriously tackle the problem. I wrote a short article to explain some of the more recent failures.