Whose Broadband Did RUS ‘Stimulate’? | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural

“RUS contends that the projects it funded will bring broadband service to 529,249 households, 92,754 businesses, and 3,332 anchor institutions such as schools, libraries and hospitals across more than 172,000 square miles. These broadband programs should create approximately 5,000 immediate and direct jobs. The summaries of award winners list additional expected benefits.”

“At a much lower cost for each such project, and thus enabling funding for more projects, give people what’s needed now. Let businesses pay for network expansion to their premises as local economies improve and eventually deliver cheaper fiber to residences later. Though I don’t expect this heavy emphasis on fiber to change in Round 2, communities pursuing broadband sans stimulus should evaluate a hybrid strategy.”

Whose Broadband Did RUS ‘Stimulate’? | Daily Yonder | Keep It Rural.

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