Bush to spend more than $1 B on Telecoms

 The Fiscal Year 2009 Budget released by Bush Administration Monday included technology spending of  $242 million to expand the Computer Emergency Readiness Team (US-CERT) and $1.1 billion in "fundamental" information technology research.

According to the budget documents the money for fundamental research included $100 million, a 110-percent increase, for a National Science Foundation wide effort to develop radically new computational concepts and tools; $30 million for a new targeted cyber-security research effort in privacy, fundamental theory, and usability; and $186 million, a 17-percent increase, for a widely accessible suite of supercomputers, data warehouses, advanced networks, and experimental facilities. The Bush administration is also asking for $20 million for the Federal Communications Commission to educate the American public about the transition to digital television.

 The FCC said it will use the money for "producing and distributing consumer-oriented educational materials; using news media to spread information through media tours and public-service announcements; attending and presenting at events and conferences representing a wide array of consumers; leveraging the Internet to disseminate information; coordinating with state, local, and tribal entities; and distribution of direct mailings to targeted groups." The FCC's Inspector General's Office also asked for $1.9 million, part of which will be used to "expand its audits of the commission's activities and functions."

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