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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced $1.2 billion in Recovery Act funding, along with $117 million in private investment, for 126 broadband infrastructure projects that will create jobs and provide improved service to rural communities.

The Burlington Free Press (Vermont) - Vermont gets $116 million in stimulus money to expand broadband

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Peter Welch (VT-At Large)]

Vermont is in line to become the first state in the U.S. to bring high-speed wireless Internet access to every resident, thanks to $116 million in federal stimulus grants and loans awarded Wednesday to VTel Wireless Inc., a Springfield-based telecommunications firm.

The money will bring high-speed, Tri-Band 4G LTE wireless service to an estimated 130,000 Vermonters and 3,750 businesses that now have little or no Internet access.

Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., said the grant will create “hundreds of new jobs” in the state. Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., said it would “help Vermont leapfrog from one of the least connected states to one of the most.”

…the project will create 1,800 new jobs. [8/4/10]

The Daily Star (New York) - Funds awarded to expand broadband service

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Michael Arcuri (NY-24)]

The Deposit Telephone Company, a subsidiary of TDS Telecom, was awarded $3,143,839 in stimulus funding Wednesday to expand broadband service in Delaware and Chenango counties.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, Congressman Michael Arcuri and Secretary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced the funding during a teleconference.

TDS Public Relations Manager DeAnne Boegli said the $4,191,785 project will make broadband available to 1,188 properties and will create 83 jobs for contractors and skilled laborers.

Our ability to compete in the global economy depends on widespread, affordable access,” [said Congressman Arcuri]. Arcuri said broadband will encourage companies to come to the area and will help small businesses expand by helping them sell their goods and giving them access to supply sources. [8/5/10]

Bozeman Daily Chronicle (Montana) - Local telecom company gets $64 million to bring high-speed Internet to rural Gallatin County

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Denny Rehberg (MT-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

A local telecommunications company, Montana Opticom, has received $64 million in federal stimulus money to expand broadband Internet service in rural parts of western Gallatin County.

The cable will be laid over the next three years and will make high-speed Internet available to more than 11,000 households, businesses and public buildings…

The funding will also create about 60 jobs with Opticom, 10 of them full-time… [8/5/10]

Cape Cod Times (Massachusetts) - Stimulus funds buy lab for WHOI

[MEMBER MENTIONED: William Delahunt (MA-10)]

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was created to help the country dig itself out of a recession.

Yesterday, officials at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution brought the shovels.

Armed with an $8 million grant from the U.S. Commerce Department's National Institute of Standards and Technology, WHOI officials held a ceremonial ground-breaking for the Laboratory for Ocean Sensors and Observing Systems (LOSOS).

The main purpose of LOSOS is to house laboratory and office space for the Ocean Observatories Initiative, a National Science Foundation project.

'The stimulus is working and it's not just about construction jobs or those 30 full-time scientists,' said U.S. Rep. William Delahunt. 'It'll be about those spin-offs that will evolve from the research and development. What a good use of public money.' [8/5/10]

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada) - Stimulus funds pay for local road projects

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Dina Titus (NV-3)]

Some of Henderson's busiest roads have gotten a makeover courtesy of federal stimulus money.

Officials held a press conference Thursday morning to show off the nearly-completed work on Green Valley Parkway.

In addition to the improvements for motorists, the message from officials was the economic benefits of the projects, which were funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

U.S. Rep. Dina Titus…conducted the press conference.

These are projects that are so important to the economy of Nevada,” she said. “We're proud to brag about the fact that we've gotten such good dollars here in Southern Nevada.”

Nevada received about $200 million for road projects and about $50 million for transit projects from the stimulus act, Titus said. That created 1,600 jobs, she said.

“We know it's not going to happen overnight, we know that this recovery will be long and hard, but certainly this is a good investment and a way to start moving in the right direction,” she said. [8/5/10]

The Columbus Dispatch (Ohio) - Contractors: Stimulus money saved us from disaster [MEMBER MENTIONED: Mary Jo Kilroy (OH-15)]

Things aren't great in the construction industry, but they'd be far worse without billions of dollars in federal stimulus money, a group of Ohio contractors told President Obama's top transportation planner today.

Burgett was one of about 10 construction contractors who spoke at a roundtable meeting today with LaHood, U.S. Rep. Mary Jo Kilroy (D-Columbus) and Jolene Molitoris, director of the Ohio Department of Transportation.

'That's the message I've been taking around to critics of the stimulus bill: There would be a heck of a lot of people out of work, particularly in the construction industry, if it weren't for the economic recovery plan,' LaHood said. [8/5/10]

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