Monday, August 22, 2011

$100m to Plug Broadband Gap in Rural US

Telcos in 16 states will share $103 million in federal funding to spread broadband access to rural areas throughout the United States. Statistics suggest that one in 10 Americans can't engage in such online activity as watching video, while 2/3 of schools have broadband connections that do not serve their needs. (The second one sounds like a political platitude; I believe there are a lot of schools needing faster connections and more bandwidth, but not 65% or more of them.)

The US government believes about 19 million people are underserved in rural areas of the lower 48 states, where this money is going. The states sharing the money include Alabama, Arkansas, California, Kentucky, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, and Wyoming.

© C Harris Lynn, 2011
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