I called the RUS guy for the Pac Northwest last fall inquiring about grant-loan funding for fiber.
He said none except to telco's replacing copper to their pedestals.
They did have money for wireless however.

I would think the government would do us all a big favor and fund fiber and not wireless. Just open it up to more than the telco.

I would like to see my town do fiber.


Peter R. wrote:
Funding fiber to the farm
By Joan Engebretson

Feb 5, 2007 12:00 PM

Like finding well-situated season tickets to your favorite sports team, it can be daunting to get a telecom grant or loan from the Rural Utilities Service. But once the task is accomplished, the payback can be enormous.

Start-up communications service provider Air Advantage, for example, was able to use RUS grants and low-interest loans to expand its high-speed wireless network to serve a sparsely populated area of Michigan that had no high-speed connectivity.


George Rogato

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