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As AT&T and Google push broadband adoption, the feds are non-players

Matt Hamblen | April 24, 2014
AT&T and Google have talked up plans to extend supercharged broadband speeds to several U.S. cities and offer lesser service for free to underserved areas. But whether they, and other providers, can bridge the nation's digital divide without federal help remains to be seen.

"Many stakeholders, not just Google Fiber, have to work together to close the digital divide in Kansas City and across the U.S. -- to get the remaining 25% [without broadband] online," spokeswoman Wandres said. "This will take work and commitment over the long term and that's what we're doing through our own product, but also by working with cities, schools, community organizations and local businesses."


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