Will Electric Co-ops Close the Digital Divide?

NextGov: About 6.3 million households that get electricity from a cooperative lack broadband internet service, which will result in economic losses of $68 billion over 20 years, according to a new co-op association study.

Electric co-ops are customer-owned, not-for-profit businesses originally formed to bring electricity to rural areas, which are avoided by investor-owned utilities due to poor return on investment.

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