Nation-Wide Broadband One Step CloserWed, 18 Aug 2010 17:29:18 CDT
Vice President Joe Biden has announced 94 Recovery Act investments in broadband projects that will create jobs and expand economic opportunities within 37 states. These investments in high-speed Internet infrastructure will help bridge the technological divide in communities that are being left in the 20th century economy and support improvements in education, healthcare, and public safety. This broadband investment totals 1.8-billion dollars.
Ag Secretary Tom Vilsack said - the broadband projects announced will give rural Americans access to the tools they need to attract new businesses, jobs, health care and educational opportunities. He added - the Obama Administration understands that bringing broadband to rural America provides a gateway for businesses and key anchor institutions to provide services to thousands of Americans.
The announcement includes 66 grants awarded by the Commerce Department for projects to deploy broadband infrastructure and connect community anchor institutions to broadband, create and upgrade public computer centers, and encourage the sustainable adoption of broadband service. It also includes 28 awards from USDA for broadband infrastructure and satellite projects that will provide rural residents in 16 states and Native American tribal areas access to improved service. The Department of Commerce awards also contain grants for public safety broadband networks that will improve response times and communication at the scene of emergencies.
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