Rural Broadband Internet Programs Gain Funding

| 9/20/2010 4:11:48 PM

Tags: technology, modern homesteading,

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.

2/15/2012 1:26:02 PM

It figures, the local cable company does not have anything in for my area in PA. I guess we don't matter. How do I get my local cable company to apply for a grant? They say there is not enough people per mile to warrant them to run cable, but there are 65 households that could benefit from this in the 5 mile area. All they need is about 200 thousand, which is 22000.00 per mile.

Pat Pierson
12/23/2010 3:02:48 PM

I am trying to get my mom access to the broadband program in rural Kansas and am not able to get anyone to help. The website from Hughes (the provider) comes up she is not eligible. We have tried several other addresses that I know are also rural and the same - is it because Kansas is a republican state you think? Pat

Jean Owens
10/7/2010 5:56:03 AM

What a joke, to much politics. That is why I like ME mag. self sustaining doesn't have to rely on Politicians to run my world.

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