A California task force issued a report Thursday calling for aggressive development of broadband services in rural areas as it compared the project's importance to the state's economy to building roads or power supplies. Some areas remain isolated from the broadband world even as some centers, such as large parts of Sacramento, enjoy the nation's speediest Internet service. SureWest Communications has laid fiber-optic cable to more than 108,000 homes in the area, enabling customers to buy service at 10, 20 and even 50 megabits per second.

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