By Kim Hart - 12/17/09 12:00 PM EST
The Recovery Act has already designated $7.2 billion in broadband investments--$4.7 billion through the Commerce Department and $2.5 billion through the Department of Agriculture.
There are four types of awards being made on Thursday:
* Middle Mile Awards -- Build and improve connections to communities lacking sufficient broadband access.
* Last Mile Awards -- Connect end users like homes, hospitals and schools to their community’s broadband infrastructure (the middle mile).
* Public Computing -- Expand computer center capacity for public use in libraries, community colleges and other public venues.
* Sustainable Adoption -- Fund innovative projects that promote broadband demand.