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Putting a Promise into Action

In last weeks State of the Union address, President Obama underlined the economic necessity of Internet access for all Americans. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the stimulus act, has carved out $7.2 billion for the expansion of broadband access to unserved areas across America. The money, which is now beginning to flow, is targeted at sparking existing efforts by states, local governments and rural telecom providers to bring DSL, cable modem, fiber optic and fixed wireless services to all Americans. The FCC issued a national broadband plan last year and particularly noted the need for all schools to have access to online resources. Nowhere is the challenge greater than in rural communities. Infrastructure builders and service providers face the obstacles of distance and geography, which makes for an expensive investment per household. In the 1930s and 40s, FDRs New Deal brought electricity to many of these same communities that are now anxious to become part of the digital age. Obamas promise to connect America is the 21st century version of the New Deal. This is a problem greater than private industry alone can solve. Government money and support will help make it happen. Dave Osborn, CEO of Valley Telephone Cooperative Inc. (Texas), in an interview with the Associated Press, stated, "It takes a whole lot of money to serve this (population). At the end of the day, there's no way I can spend $14,000 on a line and bill a customer $16 a month. We couldn't do it without (the federal dollars)." The opportunity for growth in the data communications industry is tremendous, and the government is in for a penny, in for a pound. Falcon Tech can help you meet all of your networking needs and those of our rural communities. Call today at 1-800-989-7009 or order online at www.falcontech.com. We also have Live Help online with our technical experts at your service.
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