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Blog // Connect Puerto Rico

Obama Administration Releases Report, Highlights Rural Broadband Expansion

By CPR Staff

By Jeneba Ghatt | POLITIC365

Published August 21, 2011
 
The White House Rural Council released the report Jobs and Economic Security in Rural America which highlighted the fact that many rural communities “have lower incomes, higher poverty rates, worse health outcomes, and lower educational attainment than urban and suburban areas.” Highlighted was the expansion of broadband access to over “7 million rural Americans, including 3 million rural households and over 350,000 rural businesses” in the August 2011 report.
 
To combat the negative factors presented, the Council presented its findings and made specific suggestions on ways to address these issues.
 
Also, in a letter included in the report, US Department of Agriculture Secretary Thomas Vilsack noted that the report listed “vital strategies that can and will be used to seize those opportunities and tackle some of the toughest challenges facing our rural communities.”
 
Finally, it included a summary of some administration accomplishments already made that would enhance opportunities for rural Americans:
 
 


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