Obama Vows To Build ‘Digital Lines'

1/20/2009 12:20 PM Eastern

Obama, sworn in Tuesday as the 44th president of the United States,  promised to renew the economy through bold
action, including expanded access  to
high-speed Internet connections as an engine of growth.


state of the economy calls for action, bold and swift, and we will act-not only
to create new jobs, but to lay a new foundation for growth," Obama
declared. "We will build the roads and bridges, the electric grids and
digital lines that feed our commerce and bind us together."


took his oath at noon on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol, overlooking a sea
of people estimated at 2 million gathered on the National Mall.


Obama's call for better broadband came a week after the
House Appropriations Committee unveiled an $825 billion economic stimulus
package that included $6 billion in grants to extend high-speed Internet access
into unserved areas and improve it in underserved communities.