In fairness, Frontier has spent tens of millions of dollars since 2010 to extend broadband service to 158,000 households. It contends the original bill would allow the broadband council to subsidize competitors where Frontier already provides service.
In part, it's a fight over which companies get funds.
But although Barnes used the name "Possum Hollow" rhetorically, his question applies to all infrastructure.
Should city water lines be extended for miles to help one person or should money be used to upgrade systems that serve more people who live closer together?
There is a reason why three interstate highways intersect in Charleston and no interstate touches Calhoun County.
Kanawha County has 192,179 people. Calhoun has 7,607 souls.
The money should go where the people are. The highway model may be a better way to distribute money for water, sewers and Internet access.