Obama aide: Broadband stimulus just the start

The Washington Post reports that Alec Ross, who is on President Obama's Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Team, told a Washington, D.C., conference audience that the $7.2 billion allocated toward broadband in the economic stimulus package is just an initial piece of a larger forthcoming national broadband plan.

He said the administration has called on the Federal Communications Commission to create a more comprehensive broadband plan within one year. The statements don't offer much more than Obama and his other aides already have said about the broadband puzzle and its various pieces, but the reiteration comes just a day after President Obama signed the stimulus package into law, and after some observers criticized the broadband stimulus allocation as unnecessarily divided between two different federal departments--Commerce and Agriculture.

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- The Washington Post has this post

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