Jefferson Sinclair, a Rural Strategies intern and student at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, learned about various state bills that seek to deregulate basic telephone service across the country (such as SB 1161 in California and SB 271 in Ohio). As an economics major, he wanted to consider two sides of this issue: the companies supporting these bills and the rural consumers who would be disconnected. Read his reflections on the invaluable value of landlines to rural people and find out what he concluded.
By Jefferson Sinclair
The next gathering of the National Rural Assembly will be held in the D.C. Metro area, June 23-26, 2013. Registration will open up in April.
As in the previous gatherings of the National Rural Assembly, rural leaders and advocates will work to bring rural issues to the fore and examine policy solutions that address the opportunities and challenges of America's 55 million rural residents.
Because of our close proximity to the Hill, we plan to devote a chunk of our time to appointments with policymakers and other leaders.
The Center for Rural Strategies is pleased to announce that Vice President Katharine Pearson Criss will begin work as a Senior Fellow of Rural Strategies in 2013, trading vice presidential duties for a stronger focus on rural philanthropy and the study and creation of foundations in the United States and around the world.
In the second National Rural Assembly Poll of 2012, Republican Mitt Romney expanded his lead among rural, swing-state voters to 22 points, up from 14 points in mid-September, just before the first presidential debate. Read the news release from the Center for Rural Strategies.