Some noted economists have thought long and hard about the build-out of rural broadband and have concluded...nothing. Apparently, they felt that the impact of the Stimulus' planed increase in Internet access to spur economic growth is difficut to quantify.
“'Everyone talks about the jobs that are going to be created by this,' said Scott Wallsten, a senior fellow at the Technology Policy Institute. 'There is no way to measure that.' One problem, he said, is there’s no way to tell which of these jobs would have been created even without the stimulus bill.
Rural Broadband: No Job Creation Machine - Bits Blog - NYTimes.com