"As a country, we have ensured that every American has access to telephone service and electricity, regardless of economic status, and I will do likewise for broadband Internet access. Full broadband penetration can enrich democratic discourse, enhance competition, provide economic growth, and bring significant consumer benefits." –President Barack Obama
This website has been created in response to the broadband provisions in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. There are two broadband programs funded under the Act, that aim to realize President Obama's promise of universal broadband access:
- The Distance Learning, Telemedicine and Broadband Program
- $2.5 Billion, Administered by the Department of Agriculture
- The Broadband Technology Opportunities Program
- $4.7 Billion, Administered by the Commerce Department
The Departments of Commerce and Agriculture are charged with coordinating between themselves and with the FCC to bring the two programs to fruition.
The goal of these programs is to bring the transformational power of the Internet to many Americans and many American institutions that are not yet connected. The agencies charged with responsibility for these programs must translate the language of the ARRA into implementing rules and regulations. Then they must solicit proposals, determine grant winners, disburse the funds and oversee the resulting projects. Each of these will be an enormous task.
This website seeks to gather information about the programs from the responsible agencies, the press and from other sources. The idea is to create a useful repository and discussion center. Please help us in this effort.
The tabs and links at the top and bottom of the pages of this website should be self-explanatory. We intend the Links and Discussion tabs to be the nerve center of this site. Note that we solicit your input to the Discussion section. Please forward any comments for discussion through the Contact link.