Rural Broadband Internet Programs Gain Funding

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Laptop on Haybale If you’re reading this blog via achingly slow dial-up Internet because a high-speed connection is unavailable in your area, fret no longer. Help may be on the way.

Last month, the Obama Administration announced it would be increasing funding to provide broadband Internet access to homes, businesses, health facilities and schools in rural areas around the country. Part of last year’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the upgrade is meant to revitalize rural communities, create jobs and give businesses the opportunity to expand their customer bases. About $518 million in total is being allocated to broadband infrastructure programs under the Recovery Act.

Several programs are in operation to carry out the government’s plan to increase broadband access across the country, including the Broadband Initiatives Program, the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program and the Distance Learning and Telemedicine Program.

Check out this list of approved broadband infrastructure projects (PDF) to see if your area will benefit from the funding.