[caption id="attachment_25638" align="alignleft" width="200" caption="The economic stimulus package allocated $7.2 billion in total funding for broadband projects."]The economic stimulus package allocated $7.2 billion in total funding for broadband projects.[/caption]

Colleges and universities have applied for tens of millions of dollars in federal stimulus grants designed to expand broadband internet access, arguing that university IT infrastructure makes campuses worthy recipients.

The government announced in August that an initial $4 billion in stimulus loans and grants will be used to connect rural homes to the internet, stimulate interest in getting internet service among groups that don't...

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