A $7.2 billion stimulus initiative is designed to expand broadband access and speed up the extinction of the dial-up modem. Those who advocate using federal stimulus funds to expand rural broadband service say it is vital to many small towns in the United States.
High-speed Internet has become a requirement for many U.S. businesses, proponents say. For entrepreneurs in rural areas, a broadband connection can be an economic lifeline.
Stateline.org explained that nearly 20 percent of Americans don't have access to broadband. Meanwhile, the Pew Internet and American Life Project said that more than six out of 10 Americans have broadband access in their homes now.