What did the implementation of electricity and the telephone do to local economies and communities?
With the telephone financial loan program roots of the Rural Electrification Act (REA) in 1946 only 39% of rural Americans had phone service and communities banded together to serve themselves.
Roots of REA and RUS
Federal infrastructure programs in the United States have a foundational element to the current broadband needs. How did the REA and RUS create roots for a broadband revolution?
Rural Electrification Act
REA provided federal loans for the installation of electrical distribution systems to serve isolated rural areas of the United States. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_Electrification_Act
Rural Utility Service
RUS implemented programs to provide infrastructure or infrastructure improvements to rural communities, including water and waste treatment, electric power, and telecommunications services. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rural_Utilities_Service
Creating the Architecture
Like the WNC Broadband Project with the roots of two former FCC builders, Stagg Newman and Greg Volt; community-based programs are working towards creating the architecture; to get the broadband job done!
Support the WNC Broadband Project for digital inclusion in Western North Carolina.
Thanks to @sbloomfield15 for this blog inspiration.
To put a finer point on the rural #broadband revolution – its roots actually began in 1949 w/REA Telephone Loan program when only 39% of rural Americans had phone service and communities banded together to serve themselves. Community-based providers getting the job done today! pic.twitter.com/WKobC8Rltb— Shirley Bloomfield (@sbloomfield15) April 23, 2021