Not the first time, that was done before as a tax cut to send the US into the 21st century on fiber nationwide. They took the tax cut, then refused to change anything (but naturally kept the money from the tax cut). It would have been nice if the entire US had Japan-like access of 100 meg/sec. I guess if they had accepted the stimulus money, they would have HAD TO do it or else pay it all back.
Myself would be more than delighted if the phone companies would just replace all the crap lines hung as a spiderweb 50-75 years ago with new lines that are a real twisted pair, that have functional insulation made of a synthetic material instead of these (basically) coat hanger wires covered with recycled tire rubber that allows water in then retains it for months at a time that picks up 110 volts ac from the EM field of the power lines. Which is what at least me, has now.