Projects should directly benefit the local economy.
Health care networks and hospitals are key economic-development components in rural areas.
Community safety considerations.
Broadband is an essential building block in economic development.
Partnerships need to be developed at the local level to aggregate demand for services.
Redundancy of services.
Investments in rural broadband development leverage a considerable amount of investments from both the public and the private sectors.
Agra-business is greatly enhanced with broadband investments.
Broadband is essential for all forms of education, workforce training, and licensure training processes.
All the workshops in this series were designed to provide input to the agencies for consideration in the development of their grant and loan guidelines. Both agencies are accepting additional written comments through April 13, 2009. All comments coming from these workshops, as well as the written comments, will become part of the public record used by the agencies in establishing their program guidelines. The role of both NTIA and RUS in this process was strictly information gathering and, as such, no direct feedback was provided by either agency.