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Study: Broadband Boosts Rural U.S.

By Steven Johnson | ECT Staff Writer Published: August 18th, 2014

Expanding the reach of broadband and helping people use it productively can provide an economic lift to rural America, according to a team of university researchers. “We found that rural counties that did a good job of adopting broadband had higher rates of income growth and lower rates of unemployment growth,” said Brian Whitacre, Oklahoma... Read more

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