Anyone hoping that any forthcoming economic stimulus package might include money for building new infrastructure had better adjust their expectations. Broadband providers are going to be expected to use existing structures.
Although various interests – including the NCTA – are advocating for funds to support the build-out of new infrastructure to reach underserved and unserved consumers (story here ), there’s likely to be none allocated for that purpose in the $800 billion U.S. economic stimulus package now being devised, according to Blair Levin, an advisor to President-elect Barack Obama.
"You kind of have to use existing structures," Levin told a meeting of the Congressional Internet Caucus. Levin was quoted by Reuters.
He added, “The broadband piece of the Obama agenda is not going to be done solely in the economic recovery package.