Thursday, October 6, 2011

Reason #39: Broadband

The Department of Agriculture is currently offering $103 million worth of grants for bringing broadband internet access to rural areas around the country. My first reaction was "what the fuck do farmers care whether they've got high-speed internet?", but upon further research, it's apparently strongly desired - among actual farmers and ranchers, too, not just in rural residential areas.

And lest the USDA seem half-hearted, the grants (which require matching private contributions) are coming along with almost $300 million in more straightforward "Telecommunications Infrastructure" loans.

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