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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/19/2018 9:03:30 AM
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Re: It Pays to be Rural
I can see more and more of government requiring rural installations in order to license providers or their more typical urban services. Yet, there probably going to be as well subsidies and tax incentives to get those rural communities up to speed in the end.

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MaryBeth Porter
MaryBeth Porter
4/19/2018 4:21:06 AM
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It Pays to be Rural
I agree that federal funding plays a big part in getting high-speed broadband to rural areas.  We see the same in the Scandanavian countries where government funding is provided to extend high-speed services into rural areas.  With the time to payback for rural deployments, it's difficult for companies to make the investment case commercially viable.  

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michelle
michelle
4/15/2018 5:20:46 PM
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Gigamaster
Re: Cost of Digging?
I agree. I think it's refreshing to see a state moving forward like this. Hopefully it can be a model for others stuggling to figure out rual connectivity.

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DonBrowne
DonBrowne
4/15/2018 4:40:30 PM
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Gigamaster
Re: Cost of Digging?
It is remarkable to think how Iowa is able to continue along that path and be number 1 in the nation for that feat. It does seem that perhaps the geography does make it a bit easier to lay the fiber, but seems the layout of lots and lots of very small towns spread out over the landscape makes them have a different attitude on serving everyone unlike the "normal" way providers go for the big cities and leave the smaller populated area behind.

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Alison Diana
Alison Diana
4/13/2018 4:04:47 PM
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Re: It pays to be rural
There's a lot of federal funding for fiber deployment that goes to rural regions. Recently, for example, the FCC approved another chunk of money and Dave cited that as one reason for Iowa's ability to roll out fiber across the state. BBWN will have an article on federal dollars soon; I spoke to a lot of different people involved in this area and it's interesting to hear how some changes in accountability help providers ensure money goes where it's supposed to - into the ground, so to speak!

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afwriter
afwriter
4/13/2018 11:38:12 AM
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It pays to be rural
From anecdotal evidence, it seems as though rural areas are benefitting more from fiber than urban areas right now. I don't have any facts to back that up but it seems like the lack of population is making it easier to deploy fiber in the country. 

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afwriter
afwriter
4/13/2018 11:36:02 AM
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Gigamaster
Cost of Digging?
Is the cost of laying fiber less in Iowa? I would think that their weather and topography would make it fairly easy to lay fiber.

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