A quick thought: Quieted by a 50-50 Senate split …

“A 50-50 split in the Senate with a reduced Democratic majority in the House not only puts the GOP back into their familiar position as “obstructionist”, but gives Biden-Harris some cover to not present as progressive an agenda as the Far Left would like to see. Centrist and center-right senators like Angus King, Susan Collins, Rand Paul, and Joe Manchin will take more of the spotlight.

Mitch McConnell will still play the “parliamentarian” role, using Senate rules to delay floor debates, filibuster, or, if he is lucky, table certain items.

The last thing Kamala Harris will want, as president of the Senate, is the optics of having to do a yay or nay on any progressive legislation. She’d rather Collins, Paul, and Company head off any controversial bills before they hit the floor for a vote. She can’t afford to enter the 2024 presidential race inaccurately labeled a progressive.

Commodity, currency, and energy traders may get over their initial nervousness about the volatility a liberal Congress may introduce when they realize that the “adults” are finally in charge … 

Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District Needs New Blood…

Government is a big fat private equity/venture capital firm backed up by guns with cash to spend. Georgia’s Fifth District needs a congressional rep that can not only divert as much cash to the district in the form of grants, business loans, subsidized health, but spends every waking minute creating new pools of capital via legislation and sending that money home.

This representative should also be aggressive in recruiting or assisting in the creation of Afro-owned enterprises that can provide value in a 21st century digital economy. Many, particularly those living in the 30310 zip code, would like the opportunity to live and work in their portion of the district versus having to commute across town for work. Other taxpayers in the more affluent sections of the Fifth District are enjoying this privilege.

Democracy as a concept is being laughed at around the globe and rightfully so because it is accompanied by a disparity in the allocation of capital. Capital must be the first word spilling off the lips of any congressman representing poor people. There is now an opportunity for the Fifth District to seek out a candidate that can shake things up.

Politics is a blood sport. There is no time for weeping for fallen warriors and the tired horses they rode on….

Georgia’s Fifth Congressional District needs new blood …

Georgia’s congressional delegation should express more interest in the C-Band

Georgia’s congressional delegation demonstrated very little interest in H.R. 4855, the Clearing Broad Airwaves for New Deployment Act, a bill that would have cleared and made available for auction between 200 and 300 mega hertz of spectrum in the C-Band.  The C-Band is a portion of the electromagnetic spectrum falling between four to eight gigahertz.  This portion of spectrum is used for satellite communications, some Wi-Fi devices, some cordless phones, and for surveillance and weather radar systems.

Some companies that offer wireless broadband internet access are interested in this piece of spectrum real estate in order to meet the increasing demand for “Internet of Things” services and the Fifth Generation wireless platforms they are expected to ride on.

H.R. 4855 may have been more of a prodding rod than a leading initiative.  Back in June the Federal Communications Commission announced that repurposing of the C-Band would move at an accelerated pace.  Five eligible satellite carriers: Eutelstat, Intelstat, SES, Star One, and Telesat, agreed to an accelerated schedule for clearing and relocating frequencies in exchange for $9.7 billion in relocation payments upon completion of the reallocation.  Clearing out and relocating their frequencies make available mid-band spectrum for wireless company use.

While H.R. 4855 would give the Commission until 30 September 2022 to clear, reallocate, and auction the C-Band spectrum,  the Commission’s order would give satellite operators until 5 December 2023 to clear and relocate their operating frequencies.

While Georgia has its urban centers i.e. Atlanta, Savannah, Columbus, Augusta, it still has a significant agricultural base and rural communities.  The current COVID-19 pandemic has exposed flaws and gaps in service delivery and has likely widened the gap between broadband urban haves and rural broadband have-nots.   Congressmen from Georgia’s rural areas should remain mindful of this gap and take every opportunity to lead on congressional initiatives that could spurn broadband deployment in rural Georgia.

For example, H.R. 4855 had only three sponsors.  None were from Georgia.  In addition, a scan of the internet found no media coverage containing any discussion about the C-band by any members of Georgia’s congressional delegation.  Georgia’s congressional delegation should remain engaged in discussions about the benefits advanced communications can bring to taxpayers and Georgia’s industries.