Blair Levin explains why, despite significant evidence of the economic benefits of next generation networks, the equation for investment still makes it unlikely that market forces will deliver next generation networks to Western North Carolina. He also explains that despite the positive press federal support for rural broadband is receiving in DC, that support is unlikely to lead to action that will change that equation. He then lays out various models that hold promise for rural areas that wish to engage in self-help and key lessons learned from the communities that have been successful in accelerating the deployment of next-generation networks.
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