Stimulus money available for expanding broadband Internet access

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — Federal officials planned to be in St. Paul today to talk about using economic stimulus money to expand broadband Internet access.

Officials from the National Telecommunications and Infrastructure Administration and the Rural Utilities Service scheduled the daylong workshop to outline how to apply for stimulus funding to bring broadband to unserved and underserved areas. It’s one of 10 such workshops happening throughout the country.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes about $7 billion to expand broadband service. Vice President Joe Biden recently said $4 billion is available in grants and loans.

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