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Online soap opera cleans up with stimulus broadband cash


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WashingtonTimes:

You may not have seen the show “Diary of a Single Mom” co-starring Billy Dee Williams, but your tax dollars helped pay for it.

Through the federal economic stimulus program, a company owned by actor-director Robert Townsend was paid more than $230,000 to produce and direct the Web-based show, records show. Other production costs on the show paid to different vendors total more than $700,000.

The money came through an award by the Department of Commerce to One Economy Corp. for more than $28 million last year to help boost broadband Internet service in underserved areas across the country.

One Economy is using more than $1.5 million of that money to create programming such as “Diary of a Single Mom,” which the group says will help provide an incentive for people to connect to the Internet.

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Wonder how much has been kicked backed to O's campaign?
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If the Dept of Commerce wants to boost internet broadband service (another indicator of why DOC should be abolished), there have to be more productive ways than paying Hollywood types to create a soap opera with Billy Dee Williams (who?).

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