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Broadband study leader talks price tag, remote delivery

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Lou McAlister has been traveling Arkansas for months and he knows a thing or two about who has broadband, who needs broadband, and how hard it will be to deliver for many remote citizens.

McAlister, who appeared on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, said an upcoming meeting to be held soon on the report produced by his firm, Broadband Development Group, is full of facts and figures – and policy decisions to make. He said the willingness to spend $20,000 to $40,000 to deliver broadband to a single home at the end of a country road will be a tough one for legislators.

“That is the policy debate. You know, jokingly we talk about, it would be cheaper to move people into town and buy or build them a house, but we don’t tell people where to live. People can live where they want to live. So that is going to be the policy debate,” he said.

“If we spend that money, there’s no guarantee that that person is…

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