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"Every entity we need to work with is already a stakeholder; we're ready to go," he said. "And we will use revenues for expansion and build out. We're trying to expand the concept of a service provider and services beyond just the triple play, voice-video-data," he said. "Telemedicine is a service, hospitals are service providers. We want to take fiber to every home and every business, then connect them to libraries, schools and job services so they can take advantage of programs to help lift them up."Local jobs are at stake and incumbent providers are doing little to help:
Quest [Aircraft], who builds the Kodiak airplane, they've gotta exchange large engineering files in real time; 250 jobs are at stake.Verizon is busy trying to offload all of its rural territories on Frontier (a company famous for slow and poor service) so it isn't about to upgrade facilities in Idaho. More recently, Boise Weekly revisited these projects because they have been officially rejected. At the time of that article, it seemed that projects would have to turnaround a new application in 2 weeks. Fortunately, deadlines have been pushed back in recognition of the difficulties for those projects that were in due diligence until recently receiving a rejection letter. Both Ammon and the Panhandle Project should be funded under the stimulus, but the rules for Round 2 seem to focus more on middle mile infrastructure (an approach that is less controversial than funding a network that "gets all up" in an incumbent's "grill"). Without these networks, who knows when these communities will get the infrastructure of the 21st century?