In the days of the Great Depression, the National Recovery Act had as part of its focus the development of rural America. The primary initiatives of that era were development of electrical and telephone systems throughout the nation.
Likewise, the current American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has a package of benefits designed to create an economic stimulus that is both immediate and long-lasting.
Funding of projects through U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development is being coordinated with the Federal Communication Commission's new National Broadband Plan that will boost Internet capabilities in education, healthcare, homeland security and other issues.
The plan's primary goal is to have at least 100 million U.S. homes with affordable access to actual download speeds of at least 100 megabits per second and actual upload speeds of at least 50 megabits per second by 2020, to expand the wireless spectrum by 500 million megahertz by 2020, and to provide affordable access to robust broadband service and the means and skills to subscribe if they so choose.