December 28, 2009
Obama Tries to Increase U.S. Broadband Access
In an effort to create jobs, Obama is looking to spend over $7 billion in the next few months to expand the broadband internet access across the country. Theoretically, the plan intends to give internet access to places in the country that are currently unable to connect to the web so that the people living there can get online, leading to jobs and stability.
Vice President Biden added that: “New broadband access means more capacity and better reliability in rural areas and underserved urban communities around the country.” So much of the country has access to the internet that we often forget that nearly 1/3 of the country feels left behind because of their inability to get broadband at home.
Millions of dollars will be spent toward enabling more rural communities to get online and for those people to become familiar with using the internet as a platform for innovation, invention, and general interest and expansion. The White House (Obama’s staff) believes that these efforts could potentially create tens of thousands of jobs and give the country a positive economic boost that it so desperately needs.
Among the funds being spent for this internet-expansion plan, over $50 million will be spent to get public places such as hospitals, schools, and libraries connected to the internet. So not only is the White House looking to create jobs, but it is looking to educate and update public facilities.
Sounds good to me!
Posted by Shaane at 7:00 am