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Rural Broadband Access in Nebraska

by Michael Steffen, Special Counsel, Office of General Counsel
May 26, 2011

Last week, Chairman Genachowski visited two small towns in Nebraska that illustrate the opportunities created by broadband for those who have it, and the opportunities denied to those left behind in the world of dial-up.
In Diller, the Chairman visited C&C Processing, where he met two entrepreneurs who have built a thriving meat business powered by a vibrant web presence, online sales, and digital technology throughout their growing operation. Since getting online, Chad and Courtney Lottman have more than doubled their sales and nearly tripled their payroll, creating jobs in their small town.
In Liberty, the Chairman met with area residents who have no broadband, and discussed the business and personal challenges they face as a result. We recorded a short video blog during his visit.


At the FCC, we’re hard at work trying to close the gap that exists between towns like Diller and Liberty by modernizing the Universal Service Fund – the primary government mechanism for funding rural communications networks – to focus on broadband.

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