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In a recent Wyoming Business Report article, Governor Freudenthal announced he has accepted $1.8 million in stimulus money to “map the Internet” in Wyoming. Freudenthal also revealed that The Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (PSCTLT) was awarded a contract with a price $1.3 million. This project appears to fall in line with Obama's plan to nationalize the Internet.
National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) Assistant Secretary Lawrence E. Strickling stated "it is vital to job creation and economic recovery”. Once again something is being sold to us under a sense of “urgency”. The article goes on to say that "mapping will display the geographic areas where broadband service is available, the technology used to provide the service, the speeds of the service, and broadband availability".
Amazing, in a state that has around 530,000 people we are going to spend $1.8 million dollars to see where the Internet is, but the real question:
Spending $1.3 million of stimulus money with PSCTLT an out of state non-profit organization does what for Wyoming?
In light of the fact that Obama intends to control the Internet and the party in control has eluded to controlling talk radio stations, we should take a closer look at Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology – .
From the PSCTLT website: The Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology (PSCTLT) is a private, non-profit center with funding from federal and state governments, private foundations, corporations, and individuals.
The PSCTLT appears to be a left leaning organization that posts announcements on the Democratic Underground web-site an organization that claims it was founded...to provide a resource for the exchange and dissemination of liberal and progressive ideas.
A project of PSCTLT is the National Girls Collaborative Project (NGCP) in alliance with these liberal organizations:
American Association of University Women (AAUW) a group that supports Obama care and the Educational Development Center (EDC) which participated in the Obama-Biden Transition Project.
Obama supporter and United States Senator Patty Murray endorses the PSCTLT. She said: “The Puget Sound Center is truly a fine example of public-private partnerships working together to deliver information technology training to area residents...I am proud of the people in this region for their forward-looking vision and their willingness to act on that vision...”
How about Congressman Jay Inslee someone that was on Obama's list for Secretary of the Interior. His endorsement: “The Puget Sound Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology is providing needed services to working professionals in the information technology field, teachers in our K-12 classrooms and low income youth and adults who don’t have access to technology. This public private partnership is a model that works.”
Just as important is nothing on the PSCTLT web-site that states they are experts at “Internet mapping” and similarly to Acorn what you will find from the PSCTLT web-site is, it isn't exactly clear what they do.
In performing a simple google search I found Lumeta a for-profit company that has pioneered and specializes in Internet mapping, I contacted them by phone to get answers to simple questions like, why do we need Internet mapping and what are the benefits, their spokesperson Rebecca Hagen declined to comment, maybe this is more controversial than I thought.
Given the recent taxation on digital products legislation HB0283 and the overall outlook on future taxation of Internet digital products in Wyoming. This mapping project could be used to impose additional taxes but even more troubling used to "control the Internet".
I hope the Legislators of Wyoming will force Freudenthal to cut the strings, give this money back to the federal government and say no to an intrusion into the Sovereign State of Wyoming.
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