[caption id="attachment_24083" align="alignleft" width="150" caption="Broadband Fiber Optics"]Broadband Fiber Optics[/caption]

"Cash for Clunkers" isn't the only economic stimulus program to attract a lot of takers: The federal government on Aug. 27 said it has received requests for nearly $28 billion from groups that want to expand high-speed internet service in the United States. The total requests outstripped available funds seven to one.

States, counties, Indian tribes, nonprofits, phone companies, libraries, colleges, universities, and others -- 2,200 requests in all  -- lined up in advance of the Aug. 20 deadline. The government has $4 billion in...

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