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Official: Rural broadband 'just like electricity' - You have to have it

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Posted: Friday, January 18, 2013 7:12 am

The federal agency created in 1935 to bring electricity to farmers and small towns is now part of a major push to bring broadband Internet connections to rural America.

In Minnesota, the Rural Development Administration, formerly the Rural Electrification Administration, has invested about $317 million in broadband and telecommunications projects since 2009, said Adam Czech, public affairs specialist. That is part of the $3.5 billion it has invested in housing, infrastructure, community facilities, businesses, renewable energy and high-speed Internet, he said.

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