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Co-ops Bring on the Internet

Cooperatives bring power to US outback

Rural electric co-operatives are stepping into the breach, bringing high-speed Internet access to rural customers, much like they brought electric power several generations ago, the New York Times reported.

The newspaper reported that 40 electric cooperatives are building out high-speed internet services to their communities.

“Our electric cooperatives believe they have an obligation to economic development, so it was very natural for them to leverage the systems they have to also provide broadband,” said Martha A. Duggan, a senior principal for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association, a trade group in Washington, according to the Times.


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