Free Press Advocates $44B Broadband Spend

In anticipation of an economic stimulus package for 2009, Free Press already is planning for ways to spend the money.

The consumer advocacy group proposes the United States government spend $44 billion on broadband buildouts.

Free Press would like to see the $44 billion allocated over three years because that immediately would produce “tens of thousands of new technology-sector jobs” and generate “hundreds of billions of dollars in economic activity,” the group said in a press release. Free Press also clarified the tax incentives and grant programs it’s proposing are meant to trigger new investments, “not to fund projects previously planned by incumbent telecommunications companies.”

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