The Federal Communications Commission's Connect America Fund Phase II subsidy auction got largely good marks from economists this week, all of whom welcomed the CAF II auction set to begin July 24. The auction will make available up to $198 million per year over 10 years in high-cost support for broadband and voice services in unserved areas. From Maine to Minnesota to Montana, broadband access is a fundamental 21st Century tool for jobs, education, information and economic development.
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