Spiral Internet emailed me notice of a post called “What killed the NCC wireless broadband infrastructure project.” It is here.
It is highly critical of the ERC’s role in the application. “ERC’s primary goal to preserve its financial existence may have inadvertently killed the federal funding for a much-needed technology project,” the post said.
“Upon investigation, it was found that the application had included $270,000 for ERC office space rental, part-time support staff, and salary for the ERC CEO. The ERC had actually placed 72% of its annual operating budget into Nevada County Connected’s request for federal funding.
“Also, other numbers were inflated to reflect ‘in-kind’ donations. This also, from an organization having no experience or background in providing Internet services or operating telecommunications networks.”
I’ve lived here long enough to be skeptical of finger pointing at the expense of being introspective, because there’s so little of it.
Some of the vitriolic response to my earlier post, “Old guard” in GV just won’t let go,” is a case in point. It still doesn’t change the truth: The Old Guard in Grass Valley won’t let go, and so we never entertain any fresh ideas or approaches. There’s lots of self interest at play too.
Maybe that was at play in the broadband application, too.
We also let politics get in the way of nonpartisan decision-making. Tom McClintock’s letter of “support” for the project, attacking the federal stimulus program, was sophomoric and unproductive. The background is here.
Until more people speak out independently, we can expect more of the same.