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Auburn to use $4.6 million Department of Commerce grant for rural broadband initiative

AUBURN – The U.S. Department of Commerce has awarded an Auburn University outreach initiative $4.6 million to expand the availability of broadband technology in Alabama’s rural libraries and schools.

In announcing the awards, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said that when you don’t have access to high-speed Internet, you don’t have access to all the educational, business and employment opportunities it provides.

Overall, the initiative will deploy 1,000 new computer workstations and replace nearly 500 more at 94 rural libraries and 21 public schools across Alabama. Auburn plans to use the new equipment to offer online training programs and telemedical applications to underserved rural areas.

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