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FCC Approves $3M To Expand Broadband For Rural Oregon

OPB | Dec. 6, 2013 4:18 p.m. | Updated: Dec. 6, 2013 5:52 p.m.

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Thousands of homes and businesses in rural Oregon will soon have faster Internet service.

The Federal Communications Comission has authorized $3 million so the state can expand broadband services to rural areas.

Eric Schmidt is spokesman for the Association of Oregon Counties. He says many Oregonians are connected to the Internet at very low speeds, or not at all.

Schmidt says broadband is vital, “Because of economic development. It’s vital because of health care. It’s vital because of education. It’s vital because of local government communication with its citizenry.”

The FCC funding is part of a national effort to bring broadband services to a million rural Americans.

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