apparently, these are 70 - 100 million $ block grants which are tied to deploying a next generation network (or at least one grade higher than what's currently there) to rural and under-served populations... and based on the specific requirements and the number of customers to be connected.. the big telcos are saying NO THANKS.. they'll just gouge the customers they have more to make up the 100 mil. difference.
so, why not give the grant to RCN, they can wire the rest of Boston, and spread out in Massachusetts.., or Queens, NY, etc..
Apparently the government thinks telecom companies can connect 350 - 400k people with just $70 - $100 million dollars...
Here's an idea.. give the 100 mil. to Google and expand that Kansas, Mo fiber out to the poorer suburbs outside KC!!!