Following through on a provision made in a federal farm bill passed by Congress last year, the Federal Communications Commission has released a study called "Bringing Broadband to Rural America: Report on a Rural Broadband Strategy." The report is a project of FCC Commissioner (and acting FCC Chairman) Michael Copps, and at least on the surface it doesn't seem to add new information--arguably just more of the same information--to the ongoing debate around developing a national broadband strategy.
Coverage from The Wall Street Journal and Cnet News refers to the report's judgment that valid information about how much broadband is available in rural markets is hard to come by--not exactly a news flash. The report encourages greater communication between the government and all the rural broadband stakeholders--a positive sentiment to be sure, but again, not exactly a fresh idea.
About $2.5 billion is being directed toward rural broadband stimulus