Alexandria, Va. (Jan. 20, 2003) -- A group of technology companies, Internet service providers and utility services have joined forces to create the Rural Broadband Coalition dedicated to helping deploy broadband Internet access to rural America.

Rural America is under-served by the Internet even though it accounts for nearly 25 percent of the nation's population and 75 of its land mass, the Alexandria, Va.-based national organization noted in its launch. "While the Internet is changing the world economy, large parts of rural America are losing out on jobs, economic development and civic participation because of inadequate access to the Internet," says a message on RBC's Web site.

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