The economic disincentive to bring broadband to rural America

Verizon is not alone in its desire to reduce the number of landlines it owns. Big phone and cable companies are reluctant to upgrade and expand their networks in sparsely populated places where there are not enough customers to justify the investment. Instead, they are funneling billions of dollars into projects in cities and suburbs where the prospects for a decent return are higher.But those projects are unlikely to reach rural areas of Vermont and other states, leaving millions of people in the Internet’s slow lane, just as high-speed access is becoming more of a necessity than a luxury. The United States already lags behind much of the industrialized world in broadband access.

Read this article from the New York Times

Previously from WNM:
First phone, then cable, now “Net over power lines”;
Wi-fi boost plan for rural areas;
Communications Reform as Broadband Deployment: Communications, Consumers’ Choice and Broadband Deployment Act of 2006

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