The Case for a Broadband Welfare State

The U.S. lags behind the rest of the industrialized world in broadband deployment — coming in at a lousy 16th worldwide — and one part of the reason is that if you’re in a rural area, you simply can’t get a broadband connection. Only 17 percent of rural households have access to broadband, studies have shown.

This has implications not only for those who can’t get broadband, but for the rest of us as well. There’s a multiplier effect at work in broadband access; the greater the number of people who have it, the better off the general economy will be.

Read It’s time for the Feds to subsidize broadband from Computer World.  Previously from WNM: Midcontinent Official Faults RUS Program

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