As the British government announces huge cuts in spending, the BBC discloses that the nation’s rural broadband trials will proceed, costing about 530 million GBP (834 million USD).
“It will help encourage the growth of our creative industries as a key part of the new economy we are seeking to build,” said the government’s chief finance minister, George Osborne. The first phase of the UK’s rural broadband initiative, using fiber optic technology, will take place in the Highlands, North Yorkshire, Cumbria and Herefordshire.
• On Monday two postal employees were shot and killed in Henning, Tennessee, pop. 970.
“You’d think when you’re in a government building you’d be safe, but I guess you’re not safe anywhere anymore,” Percy Williams, 64, a retired police patrolman, told the (Memphis) Commercial Appeal.
Union officials said that after their requests for security cameras at the post office had repeatedly been denied, a “dummy” camera was installed. Currently, there are no suspects in the murders.
• Speed limits on many rural portions of Virginia’s Interstate highways will increase from 65 to 70 by the end of this year. Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell said acceleration “will help Virginians arrive at their destinations quicker and safer and will speed the delivery of goods and services throughout the commonwealth.”
There’s considerable evidence that increasing speed limits in other states has lead to more rural highway fatalities, especially in the years immediately following the increase. See this study from Alabama.
A Georgia study found that “in states that raised rural interstate speed limits, about 400 lives are lost each year because of the higher limit