February 20, 2009

Final Stimulus Plan Includes $7.2 Million for Broadband

According to the American Library Association Washington Office, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, recently signed by President Obama, includes $7.2 billion for broadband Internet access: $2.5 billion for Rural Utilities Service and $4.7 billion for the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's (NTIA) broadband grant program to increase broadband access and usage in underserved areas of the nation. The latter includes $200 million in competitive grants for expanding public computer capacity at public libraries and community college libraries.

For more on broadband as an economic stimulus, see here and here.

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