A tech adviser to President Obama said today that $7.2 billion in stimulus funds to bring broadband lines to rural areas is just the start of the administration’s plan to bring high-speed Internet to the entire nation, The Washington Post reports. Alec Ross, a member of Obama’s Technology, Innovation and Government Reform Team, said at the Mobile Learning Conference in Washington that the new administration has called on the Federal Communications Commission to create within one year a comprehensive strategy for broadband Internet. The stimulus "is not the puzzle but just a piece of the puzzle," Ross said. Obama has promised to bring broadband Internet access to remote areas that aren’t connected to the Web today. It is part of his strategy to create jobs and bring "21st century" economies to rural and low-income areas. Yet to understand Obama’s vision for technology, one need not look beyond broadband policy, Ross said.

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