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Agency Heads Meet Tuesday to Talk Broadband Stimulus

Three federal agencies tomorrow will meet to discuss the broadband initiatives contained in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed into law by President Obama last month.

The bill sets aside $7.2 billion total for grants and loans to fund high-speed Internet network buildouts. On Tuesday, heads of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the FCC and the Commerce Department will talk about how to implement the broadband mandates. They’ll also announce more meeting dates for allowing the public to ask questions about and comment on the program.

Tuesday’s meeting starts at 10 a.m. Eastern at the Commerce Department and will streamed live over the Web at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/broadbandgrants. It’ll be archived on the FCC, Commerce Department and USDA Web sites as well.

USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack, FCC Acting Chairman Michael Copps and Commerce Department Senior Advisor and Acting Chief of Staff Rick Wade are slated to host the event.


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