Vice President Joe Biden on July 1 outlined a $4.7 billion loan and grant program to develop the infrastructure needed to deliver broadband, or high-speed, internet access to areas that are underserved or without access.

America lags behind more than a dozen other countries in terms of broadband access, and that has to change, Biden told about 200 people at Seneca High School in Wattsburg, Pa., about 12 miles east of Erie.

"The bottom line is, you can't function--a nation can't compete in the 21st century--without an immediate, high-quality access for everything from streaming video to information overline," Biden said.

While Seneca has...

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