Feds give $9 million for rural broadband

More cash for rural networks on the way. And it's a campaign issue, too.

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Bush's Agriculture Department is releasing another $9 million in grants for rural broadband projects. This is part of a Farm Bill project that passed a few years ago, and the program is now in its third year. The administration is suddenly casting the project as part of Bush's overall broadband vision -- but more power to him for supporting the project (although technically Congress has required a broadband component to rural development since 1995). Rural areas desperately need more network access.

Another thing the administration could do is support municipalities building their own networks.

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