There was a recent article in the NYT talking about the broadband stimulus as the virtual bridge to nowhere. For those of us who actually work with rural areas and understand the depth of the dilemma in getting critical broadband services to residents and businesses, the article smacks of the elitism that one might expect from city dwellers (with a bit of help from companies who really really don't want to invest in rural America and are trying to twist the message through the media.)
The folks at the Daily Yonder did a nice article painting the other side of the picture. Rural America isn't nowhere: it is our food source; it is our water source; it is carbon-neutral power sources. We need to get over our prejudices and get serious about big broadband everywhere.