Today, the D.C.-based Hudson Institute released a study entitled The Economic Impact of Rural Telecommunications: The Greater Gains. The report finds:
– Rural telecommunications companies contributed $14.5 billion to the economies of the states in which they operated in 2009
– Two-thirds (66 percent or $9.57 billion) of economic demand generated by rural telecom companies redounds to the benefit of urban areas
– Jobs supported by economic activity created by rural telecommunications companies are more concentrated in urban areas: 54.3 percent are in rural areas; 45.7 percent are in urban areas
To read the entire report, go here.