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Subject: Re: [OM] OT: Dialup Internet
From: Philippe <photo.philippe.amard@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Wed, 12 Feb 2020 20:49:28 +0100
Sorry Ken,

Your answer is too long for your servant to read it - but copper being replaced 
by fiber optics is a fact here - huge public investment lately.
Now, you folks may be at variance with it of course, and I was tempted to write 
naturally, yet, it is not far from what bipartisan collaboration recommends 
over there ;-) 

*MY bold characters ...
No matter where you live, rural broadband is a big issue in Virginia

By Mark Sickles and Nick Rush   Dec. 13, 2019

Mark Sickles, a Democrat, and Nick Rush, a Republican, serve in the Virginia 
House of Delegates.
Bipartisan collaboration plays an essential role in the economic health and 
growth of the commonwealth and has proved critical in fueling the state’s 
record low unemployment rate and booming economic growth.
But for crucial growth to continue, legislators must also look beyond their own 
districts, as we have. For one of us, Del. Nick Rush, whose district spans the 
New River Valley in Southwest Virginia, this means a vote in favor of an 
incentive package for Amazon that will bring thousands of jobs to Virginia 
 Though these jobs will not be in his district, they will benefit the 
commonwealth as a whole. For the other, Del. Mark Sickles, who represents 
Fairfax County, it means support for broadband 
<https://www.facebook.com/VARuralBroadbandCoalition/> grant programs for 
unserved regions of Virginia.
Much like the impact of the Amazon expansion in Northern Virginia, broadband 
deployment stands to be an economic game-changer for rural and suburban 
communities, and the commonwealth must continue aggressively investing in 
bridging the digital divide.
The economic implications of broadband expansion, while not necessarily as high 
profile as a new corporate headquarters, are staggering. According to the U.S. 
Agriculture Department, if farmers could use precision agriculture 
technologies, agricultural output would increase by 16 percent nationwide. At 
$70 billion a year <https://www.farmflavor.com/virginia-agriculture/>, 
agriculture is Virginia’s largest economic sector by a mile. Even if only half 
that amount came to be, an 8 percent increase in agriculture output in Virginia 
would still infuse billions of dollars into Virginia’s economy.
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Amazon took a broader look at the impact of 
broadband availability on each state’s economy. For Virginia, the results were 
 a more than $2 billion increase 
<https://americaninnovators.com/rural-report/#state_VA> in annual sales, 9,415 
new jobs and $452 million in new annual wages.
The return on investment is clear. State support to build out broadband 
infrastructure is repaid many times over by any measure of economic outcomes. 
But access to the Internet goes beyond dollars and cents. This is an equity 
issue. Today’s students need access to the learning tools the Internet offers 
whether they live in Floyd or Fairfax. Likewise, innovations in telehealth are 
unavailable to patients without high-speed Internet at home. Lives can be 
drastically improved and even saved by increasing broadband access.
Broadband is increasingly comparable with roads or electricity — commerce and 
communication depend on them. Imagine how any modern community would fare 
without access to roads or electricity. Businesses would suffer. Homes would be 
sold at lower cost. Young people would move away. These are the challenges 
facing Virginia’s rural communities, where there are an estimated 600,000 
people without access to the Internet 
As members of the House Appropriations Committee, we took action to address the 
digital divide in the budget this year, increasing the state broadband grant 
program fivefold from a $4 million to $19 million. This $19 million grant round 
closed in early September and received more than $43 million in requests from 
55 different localities. This is the fourth year in a row the program has 
received more than double in requests than available funds.
Virginians, whether served or not, recognize the importance of universal 
broadband coverage. That is why we pledge to support increased broadband 
funding ahead of the 2020 General Assembly session. We can’t take our foot off 
the gas until all 600,000 unserved Virginians are connected.
Source : 



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