Obama's $8B Broadband Plan Launches Tuesday
Next Tuesday, the White House will launch its high-speed Internet plan using more than $8 billion in stimulus funds. Leaders from the Department of Commerce, Department of Agriculture and Federal Communications Commission will meet to discuss how the different agencies will use the funds to rural and other areas that don't currently have high-speed, or broadband, access to the Web.
There are separate programs at the Commerce Department's National Telecommunications & Information Administration and the USDA's Rural Utilities Service that fund construction of new high-speed Internet networks. They are mostly focused on rural areas where carriers have not built their networks because of the high costs of laying down fiber, cable lines and other services that are sparsely populated.
At this first meeting, USDA Secreatry Tom Vilsak, FCC Acting Chairman Michael J. Copps, and Commerce's Acting Chief Rick Wade will also outline future meetings where public comments and questions can be aired. President Obama has consistently said throughout his campaign that broadband Internet lines in every American household will enable communities to create 21st century jobs.
March 6, 2009; 4:15 PM ET
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