Rural areas are found to be woefully underserved when it comes to broadband options, a condition that could stunt economic growth. It's no wonder then that Illinois is aggressively pursuing universal access for everyone in the state. Lt. Governor Pat Quinn is one of the main cheerleaders for rural broadband, pushing the DOT to install fiber lines whenever they do a road repair. That's not a bad idea considering that trenching is the bulk of your expense. They're taking some leads from Virginia, a state that has spent millions to install fiber-optic lines to rural communities. Already it's paid off with over 700 new jobs in the town of Lebanon, population 3,000.
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