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Connecting California: The Impact of the Stimulus Package on Broadband and Telehealth Expansion

2009 | Download

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), a massive federal stimulus package, includes more than $7 billion to expand broadband access and use, promote the adoption of telehealth, and establish a framework for future investments in broadband and telehealth. Given the competition for these funds and the tight statutory time-lines for their expeditious distribution by federal agencies, California must act promptly and in a coordinated fashion to take maximum advantage of this opportunity. California’s telecommunications research and development prowess puts it in a strong position to blaze the telehealth trail.
 
This issue brief describes California’s leadership role in broadband and telehealth, discusses the related provisions in ARRA, and presents recommendations on how the state can position itself to take maximum advantage of ARRA funding opportunities through Expansion of Broadband and Telehealth in California and New Broadband and Telehealth Programs Under ARRA.