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Skelton says broadband access is crucial to rural economic recovery
Skelton says broadband access is crucial to rural economic recovery

Congressman Ike Skelton
WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 2, 2009) — On Tuesday, Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) announced that the U.S. Department of Commerce’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will release just under $2,000,000 to the Missouri Office of Administration (MOA). The award is provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This funding will enhance efforts to expand broadband access throughout Missouri’s Fourth District. Since high-speed, reliable internet access plays such a critical role in the 21st century marketplace, expanding broadband access to rural Missourians is a vital investment in our economy,” said Skelton.

The NTIA award, comprised of two separate grants, will increase broadband access through data collection and better broadband installation planning. Approximately $1.5 million will be used to collect and map data regarding the speed, availability, and location of the existing broadband network. The remaining $470,000 will be used to support local broadband planning activities over the next two years.

More information about the National Telecommunications and Information Administration funding is available online by visiting www.ntia.doc.gov or www.recovery.gov.

Congressman Ike Skelton (D-Mo.) serves as chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. Congressman Skelton’s website is at www.house.gov/skelton.

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