An Interesting Turn of Phrase

Sorry I’m late to this one, but I’m often behind in paper periodical reading. From the May 27 copy of Forbes, in an article called “More Telcos Launch 1 Gbps Internet In Google Fiber’s Afterglow“:

In the dry, northern district of downtown Omaha, scores of technology entrepreneurs and creatives are hunched in front of their computers in what was once an abandoned furniture factory. They come to the Mastercraft building for space the size of nearly three football fields.

Soon they’ll come for the blistering Internet speed, too.

On May 6 Omaha became the latest rural American city to get an Internet speed of one gigabit per second, or 100 times faster than the U.S. average.

So. A city is a large group of people together. A rural area is not many people far apart. What is a rural city?

One of those small, backward cities on the interior of the continent, no doubt. Where they’re not really cities because they don’t have rail urban transportation of one sort or another or good sushi restaurants (in the writer’s estimation, even though the writer might never have been in a rural city looking for it).

Strangely enough, one senses a rural city is not considered a real city, contrasting with the government estimation that small towns are urban areas.

UPDATE: Thanks for the link, Ms. K.

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