It’s a Long, Long Way to Towanda, Kansas: The price of neglecting rural America

In order to cross the Plains, you have to take plenty of water and your own chemical toilet. The old folks regale youngsters with tales of peaceful towns and Main Street businesses and interstate cafes and truck stops.

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Rural broadband: put money into local networks

The House stimulus bill got it right. It allocated $6 billion for “shovel ready” projects in under-served areas. None of this funding would yield tax credits for the big carriers. Fortune 500 telecom companies would no more have shovel-ready projects in underserved areas than a skateboard dealer would open shop in a retirement community.  Story…

Cuts from stimulus plan that could have helped rural areas

Rural voters: remember your Republican politicians who insisted on cuts in the stimulus bill. Things that could have postively impacted rural areas that were cut from the stimulus plan: Partially cut: • $200 million from Environmental Protection Agency Superfund (original bill $800 million) • $100 million from law enforcement wireless (original bill $200 million) Fully…