magazine published an
article co-authored by McGuireWoods partners
Greg Riegle and
Jonathan Blank detailing how America’s electrical power infrastructure will help make
broadband internet access to rural areas a reality.
In the April 2021 article, titled “Broadband Internet Is the New
Electricity,” the authors wrote that the growth of the digital economy has
fueled the need for reliable, affordable broadband internet access
nationwide and made it a necessity in every aspect of life. They noted that
many of the areas lacking access are rural or tribal lands.
Similar to electrifying rural America in the 1930s, the American Jobs Plan
committed $100 billion of the $2 trillion spending package to building a
more resilient broadband infrastructure in unserved and underserved areas.
The quickest, most efficient way to do that, they explained, is to use
networks that exist and resources and assets already in place.
“The utilization of existing easements and grid infrastructure is a
cost-effective way to shorten the ‘middle mile’ — the last mile of service
that will help internet service providers provide less-populated
communities with broadband Internet,” the authors said.
data centers team was
profiled as part of the 2020 InterGlobix magazine anniversary edition.