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Although just a drop in the bucket compared to the county's $900 million budget, officials saw the windfall as a potential shot in the arm to keep libraries open or experiment with alternative fuel vehicles.
While that sounds steep, such a satellite investment is a drop in the bucket next to the cost of hard-wiring the country with high-capacity coaxial or fiber-optic cable, and the ultimate reason why this new alternative delivery technology is now looking so attractive to big communications players.