The Hoover Dam was a green energy infrastructure project. Las Vegas, LA, and Phoenix wouldn't exist in their current forms without it. There's nothing new or radical about prioritizing government spending on big projects that improve people's lives and stimulate economic growth.
Now, in the nearly century since, we've come to recognize the environmental impact of dams like the Hoover, an we're less inclined to build new hydroelectric power. But in a time before nuclear, solar, or large-scale wind power, hydroelectric was the cutting edge of green energy.
What else was happening around that time? Rural electrification. The federal government spend hundreds of millions running electrical lines out to rural communities and homesteads which without their investments would NEVER be profitable enough for companies to bother.
Same with USPS, which routinely does last-mile deliveries for Amazon, UPS, and FedEx to remote areas where delivery will always be at a financial loss. This government-subsidized infrastructure investments make rural areas outside major cities far more livable.
Broadband is no different, at all. Expanding it to rural communities where the big ISPs won't go because they can't make money will make those areas more livable, competitive, and attractive. Especially now when so many people are working remotely.
But which party is trying to kill Biden's infrastructure bill which will, disproportionately, benefit red rural voters? Not Democrats, their own elected Republicans. It's just... so fucking stupid.

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