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Local governments lack funding, not desire, to expand broadband, survey finds

July 26, 2021

At least 70% of city, county and tribal government leaders have “shovel-ready” projects to expand broadband in their regions, but lack the funding to advance, according to a report published Monday by the technology firm Cisco.

The report, an analysis of online survey responses from 101 tribal, local and regional government executives earlier this year, determined that broadband was a high priority relative to other infrastructure projects. Eighty percent of respondents said broadband was “critical,” but 75% said they were also concerned about the high price tag associated with broadband.

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