Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Broadband boondoggle: Congressional committee peeved over misdirection of USDA funding

Members of the House Agriculture Committee are unhappy with the administration of the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service after learning the program to expand broadband Internet services to rural communities has missed many unserved areas while channeling millions to broadband providers in places where service already exists.

The Washington Post has been looking into the program, which provides grants, loans and loan guarantees to expand housing, small business, water and sewer, electricity and telecommunications services in rural areas.

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