Feds grant $10M for rural Internet access

Posted: Thursday, September 16, 2010

ANCHORAGE - The federal government has awarded Alaska $10 million to improve Internet connectivity in the state's rural communities.

The Anchorage Daily News reports the money is part of a stimulus bill that targets improving Internet access in parts of the country where access remains poor. The money goes to private companies so they can improve commercial access.

The grants were announced by the U.S. Commerce Department, with $5.4 million going to the state's library system and $4.5 million to the University of Alaska Fairbanks.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, says the grants will create 90 jobs and help 88,000 Alaskans have better access to the World Wide Web.

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