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Yes it brought electric power to the rural areas.  It did not promote a wave of use because the farmers couldn't afford to purchase products, e.g., milking machines, that could take advantage of it.

Not initially, but the REA did bring the countryside into the market for electric appliances once they had the income to purchase them.  

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Thu Nov 3rd, 2011 at 12:43:04 AM EST
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