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Wednesday, April 15, 2009

Iowa Independent: Rural broadband stimulus program faces increased scrutiny

Excerpted from this post at Iowa Independent

We reported last month that a USDA program to expand rural broadband
access was set to receive billions of stimulus dollars despite its
less-than-perfect record of effectively spending money, revealed by an
Inspector General's report. Undeserving suburban communities were
getting loads of money to expand broadband to places that already had
it, and deeply rural towns that needed it were not getting it. Now, a
new Inspector General's report (PDF) reveals ongoing problems with the
way the Rural Utilities Service's broadband program hands out cash,
even now, and questions the program's worthiness of stimulus dollars.

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