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blog post | 01.17.17

Who Is Killing the Towns of Western Massachusetts?

Susan Crawford

D&S advisor Susan Crawford writes about communication infrastructure in rural parts of America.

This year, I’ll be traveling the US talking to people in scrappy communities who are building fiber on their own. They’re fed up with waiting for enormous incumbent communications companies to decide it’s in their corporate interests to invest in 21st-century communications capacity for Americans. These communities have run the numbers and looked at their economic development needs — as well as the possibilities for advanced healthcare, world-class educations, effective governance, energy management, and public safety that publicly controlled wholesale “street grids” of fiber make real — and they’ve come to the conclusion that if they hang back, they’ll become irrelevant.


Susan Crawford


01.17.17

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