Wireless network provider Meraki announced Tuesday that its Wi-Fi access point equipment has received USDA Rural Development Acceptance from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Utilities Service (RUS). What this means is that municipalities and counties can qualify for stimulus funding to buy Meraki (and other vendors’) products to bring broadband access to educational institutions and under-served areas of the U.S., including rural communities, CNET reports. One could argue that there are more important things that can be brought to rural areas, but the government program is designed not only to stimulate the economy but also increase the use of technology across a user base that is under-served by technology. A Wi-Fi cloud not only brings the Internet, but also education, entertainment, and low-cost communication through e-mail and voice over Internet Protocol.
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