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Clearwave Launches Website and Newsletter
Illinois Broadband Opportunities Partnership awardee Clearwave Communications launches website and offers newsletter about project located in southern Illinois.
Thoughts On Broadband, the Internet, Business Incubation and Jobs

Part of President Obama’s campaign platform was a “stimulus program” designed to create jobs as quickly as possible through the funding of “shovel ready” projects. There were WPA-like objectives in the rhetoric, which would put Americans to work repairing roads, bridges, airports and infrastructure.  Unemployment was at record highs bolstering the demand for jobs and often expressed through the campaign rhetoric of “Jobs, Jobs and Jobs.” Another public policy objective also garnered a great deal of attention:  an assumption that broadband availability in rural areas was important to the regions future economic development.  In fact, the correlation between broadband availability and economic development is very similar to the 1936 Rural Electrification Act (REA) which underscored the importance of, and secured funding for, an infrastructure supporting electricity.  Much of the campaign rhetoric about the need for public support of broadband deployment was similar to the arguments used for the REA.

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