Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 4:12am
IT'S TIME FOR THE FEDS TO SUBSIDIZE BROADBAND
[SOURCE: ComputerWorld, AUTHOR: Preston Gralla]
[Commentary] The U.S. is falling so far behind the rest of the world in broadband that it's time for the government to take some action -- and Senator Hillary Clinton's proposed Rural Broadband Innovation Fund is a good first step. Now, I know there are a lot of wingnuts out there who believe that Senator Clinton is the spawn of the devil, but whatever you think of Clinton, her idea is on-target. Sen Clinton's bill would set up the Office of Rural Broadband Initiatives at the Department of Agriculture. The office would administer grants and loan programs to encourage investment in broadband infrastructure in underserved rural areas. It would also create a Rural Broadband Innovation Fund which would invest in services hat can deliver broadband service to rural areas including satellite, fiber, WiFi, and broadband over power lines (BPL).
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