Broadening Broadband in the US – Editorial

The big problem in providing Internet service to rural America is often called “the last mile” — the difficulty in reaching the smallest communities and farthest-flung houses and farms. In cities, that problem might be called “the last block” — the difficulty in reaching every neighborhood, no matter how poor.For a while, many American cities, caught up in a tide of technological and fiscal optimism, promised to try to make Internet coverage available to all by making it citywide, wireless and low-cost or even free.

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