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Secretary Locke Announces Recovery Act Investments to Improve Broadband Internet Access

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U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke today announced 35 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act investments to help bridge the technological divide, boost economic growth, create jobs, and improve education and healthcare across the country. The investments, totaling $482.4 million in grants, will fund projects that pave the way to bring enhanced high-speed Internet access to millions of households and businesses and link thousands of schools, hospitals, libraries, and public safety offices to the information superhighway.

 “In a globalized 21st century economy, when you don’t have regular access to high-speed Internet, you don’t have access to all the educational, business and employment opportunities it provides,” Locke said. “These critical Recovery Act investments will create jobs and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable economic growth in communities across America.”

 “These projects will have a real, lasting impact on communities across the country,” Assistant Secretary for Communications and Information and NTIA Administrator Lawrence E. Strickling said. “We are investing in ‘middle mile’ networks that bring high-speed Internet access to communities and connect key anchor institutions, such as schools, libraries, and hospitals. We are also investing in projects to improve access and spur Internet usage and adoption. This allows us to get the most bang for every grant dollar and award projects that will address communities’ broadband problems while creating jobs and facilitating  sustainable economic growth.”  Read more

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Broadband Internet Access

I would like to know why nothing is done in Oklahoma about getting broadband access where there is non available in rural areas. Unfortunatly where I personaly am at , we have no cable, no DSL, nothing but satalite if your lucky enough to afford it. I have read where satelite has gotten some of the recovery act money but to no good for me as they say i do not qualify for it. I personaly know tel co techs and seeing a fiber unit in an area close by was told it was ONLY to feed a cell tower and no one was getting any from it as far as broadband.Why are the tel co's being allowed to bypass the people that choose not to live in the bigger cities. We cant even get the cellular type broadband here which is also too high for a lot of us.AT&T is putting it to the people and Ma bell needs to be broken up again , then maybe the PEOPLE can get what we all should have already.

Oklahoma and rural projects

Thank you for your comment.

Here are all the broadband projects that are federal government funded in Oklahoma - http://www2.ntia.doc.gov/oklahoma - Please be aware that some may have not broken ground yet or haven't completed their entire project so you may not feel the benefits of it yet.

Also, the USDA has a rural broadband initiative - http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/UTP_BIPResources.html - that might have additional information for you.