An article was posted on Tallahassee.com discussing the success of two nonprofits that were successful in getting federal funding for broadband projects in North Florida. Having lived in Tallahassee for 16 years, I bleed FSU garnet and gold and have a soft spot for that FAMU orange and green.
Seriously, though, the benefits to the area should be huge, especially in the area of distance learning. I would expect the colleges and universities that occupy that I-10/US 90 stretch will take advantage of the new broadband capacity to recruit students who otherwise could not matriculate to the schools for work and family reasons.
In terms of the economy, the strategic partnerships that grow out of this increased capacity, especially in the rural areas, should lead to increases in the exchange of research information between the schools sitting in that corridor. This is what the area needs.
Chop, chop and strike and strike again ….