Wednesday, January 14, 2009

U.S. Stimulus Bill Includes Rural Broadband

The $825 billion economic stimulus package being considered by the U.S. House of Representatives will provide $6 billion in wireless and broadband grants. Specifically, the proposed bill (a.k.a. the American Recovery and Reinvestment Bill of 2009) provides $6 billion for broadband and wireless services in underserved areas to strengthen the economy and provide business and job opportunities in every section of America with benefits to e-commerce, education, and health-care. The bills proponents said that every dollar invested in broadband the economy sees a ten-fold return on that investment.

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