Hollings Introduces Rural Broadband Bill

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Sen. Ernest Hollings (D-S.C.) introduced the 'Broadband Telecommunications
Act of 2002' in the Senate Thursday.

The goal of the bill is to foster 'broadband deployment in rural and
underserved areas through a program of loans and grants.'

Hollings suggested that a pool of federal dollars from existing
telecommunications-funding programs could be used to provide improved broadband

In specific dollar amounts, he is asking for $250 million for underserved
communities, $50 million for educational institutions and $200 million in grants
to digitize library and museum content collections.