REA Brought Electricity to Rural America
The availability of power can be taken for granted. As Lamar Owen, Chief Technology Officer at the Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute (PARI) relates to the Rural Electrification Act (REA).
The Rural Electrification Act of 1936, enacted on May 20, 1936, provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States.
The funding was channeled through cooperative electric power companies, hundreds of which still exist today. These member-owned cooperatives purchased power on a wholesale basis and distributed it using their own network of transmission and distribution lines. The Rural Electrification Act was also an attempt made by FDR’s New Deal to deal with high unemployment.Wikipedia
Rural Broadband Implementation Act
Shouldn’t broadband also become something similar to REA?
A Rural Broadband Implementation Act?
Lamar Owen discusses the topic and how it relates to rural and mountainous Transylvania County, NC in the video below.
Broadband at PARI Series
- Part 1 – Introduction to Lamar Owen at PARI
- Part 2 – History of Broadband at PARI
- Part 3 – Broadband has enabled connectivity at PARI
- Part 4 – the Future of Broadband at PARI
- Part 5 – Broadband and Virtual Education
- Part 6 – Broadband and Video Conferencing
- Part 7 – SpaceX & Low Earth Orbit Satellites