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$65 billion.

That is how much the telecom giants will get from the Infrastructure bill Biden just signed into law. Supposedly, this money was for expanding broadband service to rural areas. Past history predicts the telecoms will instead use the money in metropolitan areas, where they can earn higher ROI. The law has no restrictions on where the money is to be spent, leaving those decisions largely to the states.

This map shows where the California PUC will be using the funds to build out the Open Access Middle-Mile network. The Bay Area (which hardly lacks for service) will be well served — while many large rural areas will not see a dime.

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