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Lesser-known broadband policy leaves rural areas out 

Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care, and economic development. Unfortunately for many, the best isn’t available.

More than 24 million Americans lack broadband access. This includes 31 percent of households in rural areas, but only 2 percent in urban. 19 million of 25 million households without broadband are in rural areas.

Old fashioned data collection guarantees this will continue.

Local View: Broadband policy hurts rural Nebraska

Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st-century economy. Access to broadband internet offers the best in education, health care and economic development. Whether we’re learning a new language, taking care of a loved one or managing a farm, Nebraskans have a clear demand for connectivity

Map to Prosperity

Connectivity is the defining aspect of our 21st century economy. It determines the work we do, the markets we access, and our financial prospects, while also shaping our education, health care, and overall quality of life.

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Rural communities tapped by craft breweries

Brewing beer is big business in the U.S. In 2016, this centuries-old practice generated $64 million in annual tax revenue and accounted for nearly 2 percent of Gross Domestic Product. Today, the beer industry employs more than 64,000 individuals nationwide.

These numbers are on the rise, especially when it comes to craft brewers. According to the Brewers Association, a craft brewer is small, independent, and traditional. Breweries that meet this definition have increased in number from 1,596, in 2009, to 5,234, in 2016.

Report: Generation and Delivery: The Economic Impact of Transmission Infrastructure in Rural Counties

Transmission projects announced during the last 10 years are now beginning to come online. Combined with new wind and solar installments, these projects have become important pieces of the economic puzzle in the rural Midwest and Great Plains. The significance of renewable energy to rural economic development is well understood, however, less is known about the impact of transmission development.

To explore this further, we teamed up with Timothy Collins, former assistant director of the Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs and a longtime rural development expert.

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