Rural broadband: good ideas and bad ideas
Read a roundup of different programs in several southern US states to expand rural broadband from Facing South.
The article includes a long introduction on why rural broadband is important.
We cannot tolerate — nor in the long run can this nation afford — a society in which some children become fully educated and others do not; in which some adults have access to training and lifetime education, and others do not. Nor can we permit geographic location to determine whether the information highway passes by your door.
Unfortunately, that quote is from 1994. We still aren’t there.
One town’s journey and plan
Entrepreneur bringing broadband to small towns
“We want to see that the kids out here have the same opportunities as the kids in Asheville and other metropolitan areas,” Caldwell said.
“I think what they’re doing is true entrepreneurship. They saw a need and jumped in to do it,” said Russ Yelton, director of Asheville-Buncombe Technical College’s Small Business Incubator, which helped the Caldwells plan their new business.
Wireless broadband providers consolidating
Other rural broadband providers are consolidating now, such as KeyOn Communications buying up smaller companies.
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