So let me see if I have this right
"From preliminary details, the FCC is expected to recommend an overhaul of the $7bn annual federal telephone service subsidy program for rural areas to include broadband services."
If the US governemnt did not cough up *$7Bn * a year to the US phone companies there are some place they just would not *bother* to cable up.
This is an interesting side light on the UK "Broadband tax" being proposed as the UK AFAIK has *never* subsidised rural subscribers.
So why should they start now?
Thumbs up as this is important, but buying bakc a chunk of spectrum they proesumably auctioned off only a little while ago seems a bit stupid, unless this is a back door subsidty to TV and mobile companies (who I did not think were doing that badly).